“Fashion designers need new materials and fabrics to create products to address evolving lifestyles and consumer demands,” remarked the show notes. “In the 21st century we should make it the first time that science and design really march together in close step, illustrating in this way their interdependence.”
Dr. Manel Torres, a can of silly thread, and the history of the spray-on clothing are where it all began. In a 2013 TED Talk, he stated, “I believed I could create a mist. The “aha” moment occurred then. Torres, a fashion design student, had the notion to spray on a T-shirt (imagine a spider web, he said), but he lacked the skills to make such a thing. He brought his ideas to Imperial College in London, which is renowned for its breakthroughs. They supported his proposal and provided him with resources, including a lab, replete with different materials to experiment with. He struggled for two years before starting to see results after much trial and error.
A stunning way to showcase this remarkable new technology, on none other but Bella Hadid. It’ll be interesting to see what else the future has to hold with regards to Fabrican and whether or not it’ll see any mainstream applications!