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September 8th, 2010
Fashion Forward: Nanofabrics Take Textiles Into The Future!
Fashion forward is taking on a whole new meaning with the emergence of smart fabrics. Moving beyond trends, these fabrics require labs and scientists instead of designers and workrooms and their debut is more likely to happen at universities and not Fashion Week.
Nanofabrics is an emerging branch of nanotechnology that deals with building specialized fabrics. This branch of science introduced active camouflage that hides the wearer by redirecting light from one side to the other. Nanofabrics even cushioned Olympic contenders at the 2006 games in Torino - most were wearing costumes that hardened on impact to protect the athletes if they hit the ground.
Recently scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed clothing that can listen and produce sound. (You're not reading that wrong - I really said listen.)
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