LuxCouture: This is a textile that shimmers with a beguiling and unique microbial energy. The threads of the cloth are impregnated with an unimaginably complex ecology of natural bioluminescent bacteria. The light that the textile produces has lure-like properties and immediately attracts and captivates the curious but it also has properties and depth far beyond this initial connection for in order to produce light, the bacteria must communicate with themselves, and through this process recognise kin, so that a lone bacterial cell remains dark and only groups of them bioluminesce. Scientifically, this process, through which bacteria communicate with each other, is known as quorum sensing, and the light that bioluminescent bacteria produce is a direct and visible manifestation of this process. More than this though, its energy is a unique memento of ancient and minute organic exchanges that trace back to the first ever connections amongst unicellular organisms, and so eventually to the original sparkles of our own intelligence. This is an early developmental stage for a project that would incorporate this textile into a dress.