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I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.

That’s the favorite phrase for anyone who has an affinity for all-black-everything ensembles, myself included, and it’s written all over our Tumblr taglines and Twitter bios.

Well, guess what? They have made a darker color, and it’s called vantablack. Vantablack is the blackest black to ever black, and how exactly could there be something blacker than black, you ask? Because science, according to The Independent:

Surrey NanoSystems, a British company, “has produced a ‘strange, alien’ material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record. To stare at the “super black” coating made of carbon nanotubes – each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair – is an odd experience. It is so dark that the human eye cannot understand what it is seeing. Shapes and contours are lost, leaving nothing but an apparent abyss.

If it was used to make one of Chanel’s little black dresses, the wearer’s head and limbs might appear to float incorporeally around a dress-shaped hole.

Black is already a slimming color, but wearing vantablack would take your figure to a whole new, barely-there level. But hold your horses (and your pocketbooks), ladies, because according to Ben Jensen, Surrey NanoSystem’s chief technical officer, the cost to produce an LBD using the material would be “very expensive.”



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