OIivia Ong may look like a normal fashion student, but she's actually a style scientist: Her senior thesis collection for Cornell, called Glitterati, is made with with bacteria-trapping fibers that kill germs and pollutants before they can reach your skin.
The garments were made in conjunction with Cornell's graduate science lab. They might look a little K-Mart, but their function is revolutionary, and could help prevent disease in places where medicine is scarce. They could also keep doctors and nurses from catching colds in the hospital, or even help parents taking care of sick kids. The big drawback to these clothes is their price - Cornell estimates they'd need to retail for $10,000 each. Still, it's an exciting development, and it raises an interesting idea: If Project Runway is still short on cast members, wouldn't a mad scientist do the trick? Note to Tim Gunn: track Olivia down.