By  on August 3, 2011

NEW YORK — Like many scientists, Juan Hinestroza is aself-professed fashion neophyte, more concerned with what’s happening inthe Petrie dish than what’s coming down the runway. His latestresearch, however, has awakened in him a growing awareness andappreciation of sartorial splendor.

Lately, Hinestroza has beenwondering whether nanotechnology might be fashionable. It’s a questionhe asks his students at Cornell University’s department of fiber scienceand apparel design. The professor’s answer — “yes” — is backed up byimages of futuristic fabrics on display at Cornell’s fashion collectivespring show. “The combination of science and design has so manywonderful applications,” Hinestroza said Tuesday during a media luncheonat Cornell’s conference center here. “At Cornell University, we havedesigners and scientists working together.”

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