High fashion meets high tech with this new spray-on clothing designed by a Spanish fashionisto. The design team also hopes to use the technology for spray-on bandages and hygienic upholstery.
Manel Torres worked with scientists at Imperial College London to invent the silly-string-like spray, announced just in time for Fashion Week.
The sprayable shirt consists of short fibers mixed with polymers, dissolved into a solvent that allows it to be sprayed from an aerosol can or high-pressure gun, according to the Guardian. Torres can use wool, linen or acrylic fibers to change the texture of the fabric, the Guardian reports. The resulting fabric can be removed and washed with the rest of your laundry.
Don't like the color or feel? Simply dissolve it, using the same solvent, and start over.
Demonstrating the technology for British media, Torres sprayed it on two models to create form-fitting shirts. The spray is very cold when it hits the skin, but it dries instantly upon impact.
He takes care to spray extra fibers on the sleeves, ensuring it will be strong enough to withstand normal movement. Initially, it resembles body paint in the way it fits against the skin, but as soon as you start moving, it wrinkles just like a normal shirt.
Torres will display the fabric as part of his spring/summer collection at the Science in Style fashion show in London next week.
The Guardian says he worked with chemical engineers to design the system, and the ultimate goal is a sanitary spray-on bandage system to instantly deliver medication, dress wounds or soothe burnt skin.
But fashionable tops are a great way to showcase the technology. After all, it can be frustrating to pull on a form-fitting shirt, especially if you don't want to mess up your hair. Now you can just spray it on instead.
This looks awesome, but I'm a little confused. When he sprays it on, it looks like silly string, but the resulting shirt looks like a solid piece of fabric. How does it merge together? Or did he just spray tens of layers on to fill in all the gaps? And if he did, wouldn't that make some spots thicker than others?
So many questions, but it's something so awesome!
"What are you wearing to the party?"
"I don't know... I'll spray up something cool."
-IMP ;) :)
Cool product. I wish I had some so I could get an attractive model to let me spray it on her as well!
What's next the Smell O Scope, the Death Clock, or The What If Machine (Futurama predicted spray on clothing).
I never dreamed I'd want to go to a fashion show. But for some reason I want to go to this one.
Will OSHA approve? Will the FDA?
1) What solvent is used? What health effects does it have? What about secondary exposure to the solvent?
2) Short fibers being sprayed? Sounds like a recipe for lung disease, similar to asbestoses or silicosis.
3) Where are the face masks? Even regular spray paints often (always?) warn you to wear a mask these days. I'm surprised they would spray it on without a mask being warn by both the model and the inventor.
Spray on bandages, now that's something to look forward to, doctors everywhere will be pleased...
What a coincidence I just created a solvent that can be sprayed onto the clothing that will quickly dissolve it away. I guess we have different goals.
The device used is basically just an extremely powerful pressure washer.
what if you're an Italian guy with chest hair?
it be awesome for a quick patch job.
Straight out of Futurama.
Chalk up another one for science fiction...
lol thats like sunny with a chance of meatballs spray on shoes.
I can hear it now...Honey will you come spray on my dress.
Does this spray make my butt look big?
I've got a bunch of cans and nothing to wear!
Honey, we have to leave the party...she is wearing the same can I am!
You would also always have clean underwear...
It will change to the wet t-shirt business...
Some nerds will do anything to talk to cute girl. That's the real headline.
I wonder how long it took them to find a girl as flat as she is....
lmao, I would totally buy just the solvent and go around dissolving people's clothes, hahahha
Is it warm? Can you spray it as thick as you want?
I'm gonna open a kiosk and offer to spray women for free. Sorry guys, gonna have to charge ya'll double to make my investment back. A bit of info here, it takes me 5 seconds to spray a guy. Takes about 10 minutes for the ladies. Have to spray the back first, then the arms, and - if I have time - the front. I can just see the things other than dollar signs, now....
First read the article carefully and then make your comment. If you don't have the basics in science do not make dumb comments.
If the spray is, as stated, "silly-string"-like, then face masks are unnecessary. It doesn't actually come out like a spray, but in a solid/liquid stream. Silly-string itself doesn't need face masks, so there is no reason that this would. The same goes for the second question about the small fibers. I believe they come out in a stream, so it wouldn't be breathed in unless sprayed directly into someone's face, although I don't know much about how lung disease caused by asbestos or other fibers works so I could be wrong.
I definitely don't want people spraying clothing onto may face though.
If they looked in my city they found one in under 30 sec.
They should have included the part of the video of the girl patiently waiting to be sprayed while the concoction was being mixed, then suddenly being hit with a cold spray across her chest.
I would also be concerned about the solvent touching the skin. Does it evaporate quickly? I assume it does. Since this qualifies as clothes, there are no necessary clinical trials. On the other hand, who knows what kind of solvents are in regular clothes?
Wouldn't it be interesting if different kinds of solvents can melt this stuff? Imagine opening a spray on bikini stand at your local beach. You make a killing - everyone is wearing spray on bikinis. Then the combination of sun, sweat, suntan lotion, and ocean spray melts them away... Queue Yakity Sax from the Benny Hill Show.
Highly toxic nonsens and VERY ugly to see on fat bodies. That designer shall be named the joke of the century and industries subsequently pay all skin cancer deseases.
Goes to show you these scientist know nothing about spraying.
First you need a drop, then you tape off the areas you do not want oversprayed, then you need a shield...
Probably stole the girl from the art class next door. "No nude today class, just a bowl of fruit".
As for me, I hate tight clothing. I'd never use the stuff. But still, excellent idea.
Good idea for fashion.
How do you get it off?
Luisito93 your answer=watch the video!
This looks cool!
great idea!..but.. will people actually feel comfortable wearing "silly string"? how well can you move around in these clothes? i would imagine that they dont have as much flexibility as the clothing we are used to.