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When it comes to gems the hidden ones are often stories, not stones. Welcome to Demystified, where we look beyond the jewelry box, past our closets, and into the depths of our most cherished possessions to reveal their cross-cultural significance.
Soil, psychedelics, and now, our closets are just a few of the places one might unearth a mushroom or two (we're talking the fantastical-fungi variety, not your typical pizza topping). From annual culinary festivals in Colorado to truffle-hunting escapades across Italy and Mexico, the highly sought-after mushroom has amassed global clout with growing environmental interest in the abilities of certain types to clean up toxic waste (like petrochemicals, pesticides, and herbicides) in the ground. But that's not all, folks: in addition to being edible and eco-friendly, mushrooms are now proving themselves as stylish to boot. According to Indy Srinath, an LA-based permaculturalist, urban farmer, and educator, it's the mushroom's dreamy, edgy, yet down-to-earth appeal that's fueling fashion's latest fungi frenzy.
"In stripped-down depictions of capped mushrooms, they tend to look symmetrical and invoke feelings of the ethereal world," Srinath explains. And, considering the resurgence of modernism as an attractive design trend, the mushroom is having a major moment as a result: "They're natural, which makes them popular as organic shapes that are a bit more invigorating than, say, an outline of a plant. Their slim tapering makes them [easily suited] to a mid-century modern scheme while their whimsical symbolism gives them a touch of the unexpected."
"For me there is something quite nostalgic about them," says Fiorucci artistic director Daniel Fletcher.
That symbolism takes root in the mushroom's compelling and varied history in the realms of medicinal discovery, Victorian literature, and 1960s psychedelic counterculture. Leo Tolstoy has waxed poetic about the joys of picking the fleshy little things in the woods, and even our patron saint of capitalism, Santa Claus himself, is believed to have drawn aesthetic inspiration from mushrooms after flying over (and then ingesting) them in his sleigh. Srinath points to the irrefutable similarities between his famously red-and-white suit and the color patterns of the archetypal fly agaric, pop culture's favorite kind of fungi (you'll know it from Bambi, the Alice in Wonderland sculpture Central Park, and Bella Hadid's nails).
Most significant, however, is the story of Mexican healer María Sabina, who Srinath describes as "the godmother of mushroom medicine." Sabina is celebrated for her mushroom purification ceremonies which introduced the sacred, curing practices of her people to the rest of the world in the twentieth century. "I think for the folks in this region, the mushroom seems to symbolize tradition, indigenous wisdom, and ceremony," Srinath says, adding that the subsequent exploitation of these traditions by westerns is a tragic consequence of Sabina's vision. Still, Oaxacan mountain villages today proudly depict mushrooms painted in psychedelic, vibrant patterns to pay homage to their bounty of benefits.
Various iterations of fairy-like, cartoonish mushroom motifs have also made their way into fashion houses such as Chanel, Gucci, and Jil Sander. Be it a pleasant remembrance, a much-needed method of escapism, or an ode to nature, the current rise of mushrooms as jewelry, t-shirt designs, and trendy lamps makes complete sense at a time when memories feel more like bittersweet treats from a pre-2020 world. Daniel Fletcher, menswear artistic director at the forever-funky Italian label Fiorucci, has been revisiting and resurrecting elements of the brand's archives for this very reason. The result: Fiorucci's recently debuted Woodlands collection. "For me, there is something quite nostalgic about them; it can go one of two ways, the '70s trippy route or the magical woodland creature direction, both of which fit quite nicely into the Fiorucci universe where anything goes," he says.
"Anything goes" is an undoubtedly enticing notion amidst ongoing stay-at-home orders asking us to do, well, nothing at all. So as we stay put in this new normal, transforming our closets into anything but sounds even tastier than a European white truffle (a 'shroom so special it'll set you back about $3,600 per pound). "I think people are awakening to the healing powers of mushrooms," Srinath shares. "So seeing others wearing mushrooms on their clothes always says to me that, perhaps, more people are realizing the integral role of mushrooms in our diet and on our planet."
Follow Indy Srinath on Instagram here and learn more about her work to establish a Black-owned, Black-led urban farm that's accessible to all BIPOC folks here.
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There’s more to the story than simply aesthetics though. The health, self-care, and climate change benefits of mushrooms are uncannily relevant: Wellness obsessives are buying reishi-laced skin-care products to calm inflammation, stirring chaga into their coffee to boost immunity, and full-on tripping to treat anxiety and depression. We’ll literally be wearing our mushroom obsession once Hermès and Stella McCartney’s mushroom “leather” products—billed as low-impact alternatives to animal hides—go mainstream. (Until then, you might consider getting on the wait list for Eden Power Corp’s bucket hat, made from a single—enormous!—amadou mushroom.)
Much of our interest in mushrooms can be chalked up to a desire to reconnect with the outside world, a natural reaction after our year in lockdown. But in my opinion, the story isn’t really mushrooms at all—it’s mycelium. Stay with me here: Mycelium is the underground network of thread-like branches growing beneath mushrooms and fungi, connecting every living plant and tree and facilitating the exchange of nutrients, breaking down decaying matter, regenerating the earth, and even sequestering carbon. It’s now understood that mycelium helps plants and trees “communicate” and support each other; in the documentary Fantastic Fungi, mycelium is aptly described as nature’s internet, or the “wood wide web.” It’s just as vast: For every step we take, there’s roughly 300 miles of mycelium stretching below the surface.
Mycelium has been used to clean up oil spills and could even become a new, biodegradable construction material. But it’s mycelium’s more poetic story of harmony, connection, and balance that could really transform how we live on earth—and it’s what’s resonating most with designers. “[It’s an idea that] especially touched me,” Iris van Herpen said in January, “because I think the last year has been, for me, and I guess all of us, [one] of isolation and separation. And of course it’s really beautiful to look at nature and how nature connects in a very similar way [to] how we communicate.”
Inspired by Merlin Sheldrake’s book Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Van Herpen’s spring 2021 couture collection was aswirl with hyphae-like embellishments and more obvious nods to mushrooms, like a fanned dress reminiscent of a chanterelle. Her fellow couturier Rahul Mishra presented his own, more literal take on fungi: His spring 2021 lineup featured minidresses comprised entirely of hand-embroidered mushrooms and flowing gowns layered to mimic shelves of fungi sprouting from trees. Cute they were not; these were unbelievably intricate, handmade works of art that most of us will never see or wear IRL. Instead, Mishra hopes they’ll inspire us to rethink our relationship with the outside world and let nature guide our decisions. “Mushrooms create rebirth in a real sense,” he said. “They’re a masterpiece of engineering all on their own.”
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