These silk scarves highlight research done at the Wistar Institute and feature images of cells and viruses.
Science and style have struck a chic balance in Philadelphia: Last year, longstanding biomedical research center The Wistar Institute—founded here in 1892 and renowned for having created the first rabies and rubella vaccines—paired with Philly-based fashion label Supra Endura for a collection of silk scarves and pocket squares splashed with colorful images of the very microbes that Wistar’s scientists study. This season those abstract visuals—like a striking, deeply hued print of the rabies virus transposed with florals—will adorn tops and dresses in Supra Endura’s Fall 2016 collection. Think of them as the ultimate conversation pieces, says Gabrielle Mandel, who founded the brand with the idea of representing nonprofits through fashion. “It’s a way to tell the organization’s story through print design,” she says. For Wistar, the alliance has engaged a new generation of supporters, says the center’s media rep, Darien Sutton: “It’s been a way to connect with the younger, fashionable set and share the importance of research.”