There is a popular misconception held about studying science and what potential careers you can go in to. Conducting experiments, clinical research, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals are all well-known areas that a degree in science can lead to. But there is more to science than this…fashion! Have you ever thought about the major role that science plays in the evolution of the fashion industry? There is a place for science almost everywhere in the economy with scientists being able to use their skills to support industries in keeping up with science and technology; this includes within fashion!
Science and fashion
Science and fashion come together when scientists work with fashion designers in a variety of different ways. Here are a few examples of the new and exciting ways in which science and fashion are coming together to make fascinating advances in fashion (some of this research being at very early stages):
- The creation of eco-friendly clothing and textiles. More and more fashion houses are now taking an eco-friendly approach to design, using recycled materials and fabrics that have been grown organically.
- Chemists and designers working together to create ‘catalytic clothing’ clothing that breaks down air pollutants into harmless chemicals.
- Creating medicinal clothes that contribute to boosting health. This consists of inserting certain materials into clothes where thermal infrared is reflected and reabsorbed back into the body, creating more heat retention and penetration into joints. This can sooth sore muscles and limbs and could be very useful in sports gear.
- In recent years, Nano-science has inspired scientists and designers to create dresses that can charge iPhone’s and clothes that repel stains and fight off allergies.
- There are scientists who carry out the quality testing of dyes and pigments in clothing to ensure that they are able to go on the shelves of stores. Testing the quality of dyes and pigments is a crucial element of the manufacturing of clothing and industrial sites have laboratories and scientists dedicated to ensuring that the quality and precision of a colour has been attained.
Be encouraged to think more creatively about what you can do with your science degree! Book an appointment with one of our Careers Consultant to discuss further possibilities.
Careers Information Assistant, Careers & Enterprise Centre