Air-purifying gown supposedly soaks up pollutants

Highly experimental prototype dress called Herself is sprayed with a chemical that absorbs pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. But is it machine washable?

Herself
We're betting it's dry-clean only. Catalytic Clothing

Is this the beginning of carbon-neutral clothing? The London College of Fashion, University of Sheffield, and University of Ulster have collaborated on a unique dress that they say could do its small part to save the earth.

The highly experimental prototype dress, called Herself, is sprayed with a mixture containing titanium dioxide. In sunlight, the chemical absorbs pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. According to the inventors, 40 people wearing such a dress and standing in a 3-foot area could purify about 6.5 feet of airspace in just one minute. We're not exactly fashion experts here at Crave, but that certainly gives new meaning to the term "breathable fabrics."

The Herself dress--which currently exists as a "fabric sculpture" in a box--is a product of a larger research project called Catalytic Clothing. That effort "will investigate how clothing technology can be used to engage the public in the science behind the impact that pollution has on our health," according to the nonprofit Helen Storey Foundation, which helped conceive of the project.

A detail from Herself
A detail of Herself, part of a collaborative project aimed at creating air-purifying clothing. Catalytic Clothing

(Source: Crave Asia via Discovery News)

 

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