How about this approach to art-to-wear? Suzanne Lee is using bacteria to grow cellulose fabric.
“What I’m looking for is a way to give material the qualities that I need. So what I want to do is say to a future [insect], ‘Spin me a thread. Align it in this direction. Make it hydrophobic. And while you’re at it, just form it around this 3D shape.’”
And Tibbits' YouTube videos.