Fashion and Function

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Soon the latest handheld device; might not be in your hand.

According to livescience.com fashion designers are stepping off the runway and heading up to the engineering department. And together the two minds are coming up with wearable textiles. Clothes that don’t only work with your gadgets; but actually are the gadgets.

That could include a shirt that monitors your heart rate or one that charges your cell phone or tablet. For pregnant women that could mean a belly band which monitors the baby’s vitals. That information would then be sent straight to the woman’s doctor.

Another idea is to create a fabric that can release insecticides to protect against malaria outbreaks in mosquito infested countries.

Fashion designers and engineers say all this can be done by manipulating non particles in cotton to incorporating knit antennas, transistors and solar panels into clothes. The key they say is to manipulate cotton into doing things it is not meant to do.

For some examples of the future of fashion check out the pictures on this blog. Fashion and function; talk about making a statement.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory/Cornell University