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Concept of clothing/textiles that can purify air
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Feb '11
A revolutionary new concept in textile production has led to the creation of the world's first “air purifying” dress. And if the prototype is anything to go by it proves that, in the future, this genre of environmentally responsible fashion can be bang on trend without sacrificing style.

The floor length gown is part of the Catalytic Clothing project, a collaboration between experts from the University of Ulster, University of Sheffield and London College of Fashion.

They set out to produce a fabric which could eliminate pollutants, making the air around us cleaner and leading to improved respiratory health. The end result is the stunning, textile-sculptured dress entitled “herself” and it's no ordinary catwalk creation – in fact, at this stage it can't even be worn, as this prototype is constructed from pliable concrete and textile.

Trish Belford, Senior Research Fellow at the School of Art and Design at the University of Ulster collaborated with Professor Helen Storey from the London College of Fashion in this cross discipline creation, with the science behind the project being led by Professor Tony Ryan from Sheffield University.

“Utilising textiles, fashion, film, bespoke social media, transport and the built environment, Helen introduced the concept of clothing/textiles that can purify air – ultimately to improve public health but also to engender public debate and interest,” explained Trish.

“The way to achieve this was to make a concrete and textile dress, pushing the boundaries of what would be possible in terms of bringing materials with polarised characteristics together and showing them in a beautiful and provocative final form. “Existing technology, used in sunscreens and glass cleaning, was diverted towards the development of a textile that could potentially deliver a solution to air pollution.

”A number of familiar and new technical procedures were used to produce the dress, which was created by Trish, and assisted by Duncan Neill (textile technician at The University of Ulster) and Aoife Ludlow (from Tactility Factory Ltd, a University of Ulster spin-off company).

“By subverting existing textile processes and normal technical procedures, the search for beauty with purpose was the underlying concept,” said Trish. “The core challenge, which engendered rigorous discussion, was how to keep the association with an air purifying technology that already exists upon urban surfaces (such as concrete), hard, rigid, cold and durable, with the notion we wanted to introduce – that the same technological capability could be deliverable onto your clothes.

“This is where the technologies developed by Tactility Factory Ltd were crucial to the complex combination of a soft textile that could be wearable and concrete that could deliver the message already developed.”

Trish explained that a series of development sessions were carried out in Belfast using a wide range of challenging experiments, all trying to identify ways of 'joining' a soft, tactile fabric to concrete. These included flocking, devore, indigo dipping, printing, concrete spraying and mould forming. Before finalising any of the processes a systematic method of print and spray application of a specialised treatment was carried out by Professor Vyvyan Howard and Dr Clifford Barnes from the Centre for Molecular Biosciences at Ulster, to establish which processes bonded in the most effective manner.

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