The technology behind Bella Hadid's spray-on dress
From the French label, one of the most impressive moments of Paris Fashion Week with a performance that saw Bella Hadid "spray-dressed" on the runway. Designers Arnaud Vaillant and Sébastien Meyer collaborated with Manel Torres, owner of Fabrican Ltd and inventor of the Spray-on fabric, who personally applied the material with the help of an assistant. Once dried, with a couple of simple adjustments and cuts, the supermodel was ready to walk the runway!
Torres, who studied Fashion Design at the Royal College of Art in London, developed in the early 2000s-and later refined-this patented technology, which dries instantly on impact with any surface to create a layer of fabric-nonwoven. Founded in 2003, Fabrican is exploring uses of its technology in apparel, healthcare, automotive, packaging and building products. Garments made from this innovative material can be washed, re-worn and even integrated with diagnostic devices that can monitor the wearer's health. Spray-on fabric can be applied using aerosol technology, industrial sprayers, robots and 3D printing. The fabric's high content of biological origin means it is mostly biodegradable and compostable. It is 100% recyclable through a simple process of redissolving the used fabric. Unlike conventional fabric dyeing methods, which consume high volumes of water, these pigments do not require water, further improving the environmental impact of production. "The technology consists of short fibers bonded together with environmentally friendly polymers, biopolymers and solvents that create the fabric in liquid form and evaporate when the spray reaches a surface," explain Coperni in a note. "The texture of the fabric can be changed depending on the fibers (synthetic or natural, such as cotton, linen, polyester or nylon, as well as recycled) and the binder used, but also on the methodology by which the spray is applied.