Fabrican - Spray On Clothing
Fabrican, fabric in a can, is the creation of Manel Torres, a post-graduate from the Royal College of Art. He has founded Fabrican Ltd. to serve different market sectors with this technology.
This temporary dress, consisting of a cloud of nonwoven cloth, is made by spraying a chemical formula directly onto the skin. Thousands of fibers splatter against your skin; the fibers bind together to create disposable apparel.
"The fabric is flexible enough to deliver produuct of varying characteristics to suit the needs of the fashion industry, or the automotive industry, or cleansing companies. It is as soft as silk for some uses, or tough as hemp for others. It can be applied to hard and soft surfaces and it is as durable as needs be."
(From the Fabrican Ltd. website.)
Science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem wrote about spray-on clothing in his 1961 novel Return from the Stars. In the utopian world of the novel, life's necessities are readily available to everyone - including single-use, original clothing.
I could see how that might appeal to women, because by discharging from a few or a few dozen bottles a liquid that immediately set into fabrics with textures smooth or rough--velvet, fur, or pliable metal--they could have a new creation every time, each for one occasion only...
(Read more about Lem's spray on clothing)
Lem also imagined that different kinds of accents (metals and scents) could also be added in; it turns out the Torres has the same intentions for Fabrican.
Update 16-Sept-2010: Take a look at this Fabrican spray-on t-shirt video. End update.
Read more at the Fabrican Ltd. website, an article on
future fashion and at WMMNA.
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