The Unflattering Future Of Fashion: Spray-On Clothes

A new liquid mixture will allow people to literally spray clothes onto their body. Once the mixture hits your body, it turns into a thin layer of fabric that can be peeled off, washed and re-worn. Unfortunately, it's also skintight.

It's sorta crazy to think about your future morning routine: wake up, shake the aerosol can and spray yourself silly to get dressed. Is that even possible? Yes it is. Developed by Imperial College London and a company called Fabrican, the spray-on fabric is made from short, cross-linking fibres that are combined with polymers. The fibres then cling together to form the material. It's kept in liquid form through a solvent which evaporates when the spray hits the surface.

So it totally works, but why would someone want to make this? Manel Torres, the designer behind the spray-on clothes, says:

"When I first began this project I really wanted to make a futuristic, seamless, quick and comfortable material. In my quest to produce this kind of fabric, I ended up returning to the principles of the earliest textiles such as felt, which were also produced by taking fibres and finding a way of binding them together without having to weave or stitch them"

And futuristic it is! One thing, though - spray-on clothes is a great idea if we all looked like swimsuit models, but since we, er, don't, it'd just make for a very unflattering future. Imagine everyone wearing thin, skintight shirts and pants. Not a pretty sight. [Wired]