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Laura Indolfi Wins MIT Descience Fashion Competition

MIT’s Media Lab put up a one-of-a-kind fashion show in October. The runway competition Descience Fashion Show combined the creativity of designers with the vision of molecular biologists, neuroscientists, biomedical engineers, climatologists and scientists from a variety of disciplines.

Laura Indolfi and designer Carlos Villamil (right) with their winning design Cytocouture.

Laura Indolfi and designer Carlos Villamil (right) with their winning design Cytocouture.

This year saw two Italians among the finalists. Italian biomaterial engineer Laura Indolfi won the competition with her project Cytocouture. Partnering with Colombian designer Carlos Villamil, the project brought to life Indolfi’s research on endothelial cells. “Dr. Indolfi studies how endothelial cells behave differently according to the structure they grow in and cling to,” said Villamil. The designer labeled his creation as a “zero-waste, unisex, multifunction clothing system,” with several different colored versions.

The experiment was a great experience for Indolfi. “I strongly believe in the power of outreaching initiatives to promote awareness and foster the public audience’s discovery of the beauty of science,” she said. “That’s why I’m so proud of being part of Descience.”

Among the 15 finalists was also Waltham-based designer Valentina Oppezzo, founder of InstillaDesign, who teamed up with scientist Francisco Fuentes for “The Inca’s Secret,” a project based on the nutritional and health qualities of quinoa.

Valentina Oppezzo and her design "The Inca's Secret"

Valentina Oppezzo and her design “The Inca’s Secret”

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Nicola is an Italian journalist and media enthusiast living in the United States. He keeps an eye on the Italian-American communities across the country and is always looking for positive stories to highlight.