The upcoming trend will be protective clothing. This is a point on which
many trend experts agree. So cocooning volumes and robust materials are in,
but protective clothing doesn’t stop at styling. FashionUnited has listed
three recent textile technologies that aim to protect us.
Highly buoyant swimwear
By coating cotton with a three-component solution of dopamine
hydrochloride, 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and
1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyltriethoxysilane, researchers in Wuhan, China,
have developed a fabric that can float and support up to 35 times its
weight. The process is a one-step process that allows for large-scale
manufacturing. The technology could be applied to life jackets, but also to
bathing suits and other protective clothing.
Anti-mosquito clothing without insecticide
By observing the way Aedes aegypti – a mosquito carrying viruses that
cause Zika, dengue and yellow fever – bites, researchers at North Carolina
State University have developed a material that completely prevents
mosquito bites. The fabric armor was developed using a computer model based
on the researchers’ observations. This technology should soon benefit a
wider audience as Vector Textiles, a North Carolina State start-up, intends
to implement it in clothing soon to be sold in the United States.
Antiviral and anti-bacterial materials are on the rise. The one
developed by the HeiQ Group, a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology (ETH) in Zurich, is particularly convincing. The “HeiQ Viroblock
NPJ03 is one of the world’s first textile technologies to be proven
effective against SARS-CoV-2 by an independent institution,” the company
says on its dedicated webpage. HeiQ Viroblock is designed to inhibit the
growth and persistence of bacteria and viruses wrapped on textile
The material is primarily targeted at face masks. However, the company
has just signed a collaboration agreement with The Lycra Company, so its
knowledge of anti-viral materials should be developed at the consumer
This article was originally published on
FashionUnited.FR, translated and edited to English by Kelly Press.