You may have seen it on the television show Beyond Tomorrow, but it seems tomorrow is today. Spray-on clothing is a relatively new creation that is perfect for the “can’t-get-my-jeans-tight-enough” crowd. And pants aren’t the only thing this can can do.
Back in the mid-1990s, Spray-on Fabric was just an inkling of an idea for Manel Torres. Interested in finding a way to make clothing-making faster, Torres was a student studying Fashion Women’s Wear at the Royal College of Art in London. He got his PhD in Spray-on Fabric at the turn of the century, and in 2003, Fabrican Ltd. was born.
Fabrican is a patented technology that allows a liquid to become a non-woven interlinking fabric when sprayed onto anything. If the rumors are true, this wonder-wear can be peeled off, washed, and worn again. Even though it was primarily created for clothing use, Manel Torres and his team claim that the product has many applications. If a few key ingredients in the formula are changed, different products can be created. In the medical and hygiene fields, it could be used for dressing wounds, napkins, and deodorant pads. They also hope Fabrican will find its way into your next car, in place of traditional upholstery. In your home, it could be used as wallpaper, or DIY art.
I’m not sure if this trend will take off, but I do know that when Beyond Tomorrow did a segment on a spray-on T-shirt, it fell apart long before it ever went near a washing machine.