Spray-on clothing is a form of clothing, that is applied by spraying polymer over the body in such a manner that it appears as clothing. It is a polymer mix that dries relatively quickly.
On September 15, 2010, Ian Sample, The Guardian's Science correspondent reported on a press conference where Dr Manuel Torres showed a spray-on clothing product named Fabrican. Covering the same announcement Prita Ganapati, writing for Wired magazine referred to the result as "spray-on fabric". The Guardian referred to both "spray-on bandages" and "spray-on fabric". Scientific American referred to both "spray-on clothing" and "spray-on clothes". Torres described the fabric as similar to felt.
In a 2010 article published in the Daily Mail Laura Stott described being allowed to wear a prototype spray-on shirt, and being pleasantly surprised that it did not tear, or rip, when she hung her large handbag from her shoulder. She said she was able to take off the shirt as easily as any t-shirt, and that it retained its shape on subsequent wearings.
The inventors Dr Manel Torres and Professor Paul Luckham, from Imperial College London, have spent ten years developing the product - and they're convinced it could change the way we get dressed forever.
Fabrican - literally fabric in an aerosol can - is the brainchild of Spanish designer Dr Manel Torres who has spent ten years working on his invention.
Someday, packing for a trip might be as simple as stowing a spray can of colloidal polymer mix for making your own spray-on clothes. Whether it’s a T-shirt or evening attire, spray-on fabric is a novel way to make a variety of light-use fabrics.
For example, the spray-on fabric may be produced and kept in a sterilised can, which could be perfect for providing spray-on bandages without applying any pressure for soothing burnt skin, or delivering medicines directly to a wound.
Clothes designed using the spray-on fabric will be shown at the Science in Style fashion show next week at Imperial College.