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Gallery: Futuristic 'Smart Textiles' Merge Fashion with Tech

Fashion designers and engineers are collaborating to develop innovative "smart textiles," or garments that merge fashion and technology. These dresses were created in the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. The brown and blue dress on the left was produced without any pigments or dyes. The colors were created by coating cotton fibers with nanoparticles and manipulating the way matter and light interacts between the particles.

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