What you see above is a new product called Fabrican, an aerosol based fabric spray. This technology allows for tiny particles or fibers to be airbrushed onto the body. Once dry, it can be pealed off, washed, and worn again once.
Fabrican is the techno-baby of Manel Torres, a Spanish fashion designer and academic visitor at Imperial College and Paul Luckham, a professor of particle technology. They have been working on the product since 2003 and while it’s still in the prototyping phase, they’ve already procured patents in the US, Europe, and Asia. (Forbes)
In the beginning, Torres and Luckham milled down old fabrics and mixed the fibers with a polymer. They then added a solvent that would evaporate and dry before it hit a solid surface. The first prototypes were thin and fell a part in your hands, now the material has a feel more like suede.
If you can get past the horrible name, Fabrican can (no pun intended) change the way we use and interact with materials. It has many applications from pre-sterilized bandages to fashion.
What is not clear from the company or press coverage is what the experience is like to spray on your clothes everyday, how long it takes, and if it applies nicely to sweaty areas, or sticks to your body hair when you try to remove it. (Ouch!) Also, what happens after you wash it? Can you boil it down and use the material gain in another can?
I know people will try it, but my fear is that it will end up in some silly novelty store in Algonquin and sold off for .50 during a summer sale. This technology deserves better.