We’ve told you about clothes that can make you invisible. We’ve reported on clothes made from recycled chicken feathers. Soon you’ll be able to wear clothes that protect you from pollution and stop you from catching a cold or the flu.

Fashion designers and fiber scientists have taken “functional clothing” to a whole new level by designing a garment that can prevent colds and flu and never needs washing, and another that destroys harmful gases and protects the wearer from smog and air pollution. How does it do it? The cloth is coated with nanoparticles that create a protective shield around the cotton fibers. The fabrics aren?t dyed?their colors are not the product of dyes, but rather, reflections of manipulation of particle size or arrangement.

Researcher Juan Hinestroza says, “We think this is one of the first times that nanotechnology has entered the fashion world.” One drawback may be the price: one square yard of nano-treated cotton would cost about $10,000.

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