While we are in the technological era, innovation is transforming industries every day. Technology adjusting to ever-shifting market dynamics is crucial.
According to a WT Vox report, technology has led us to a new age of smart textiles, revised fashion designs, and manufacturing techniques. Novel initiatives such as conductive fibres, embedded sensors, and 3D printing are signaling new possibilities in both emotional and functional aspects of fashion.
Moreover, the boom of technological advancements has influenced human interactions, culture, and the construct of our societies. Such social changes have created new tastes and demands from consumers.
Therefore, the role of fashion designers has been transformed regarding their approach to functionalities and aesthetics, where the establishment of new innovative design processes have become a pivotal factor for success, according to a WT Vox report.
Dr. Manel Torres from Imperial College in London designed the ‘Fabrican’ technology, at the London Bioscience Innovation.
Fabrican technology is another great example of a successful interdisciplinary research. In this case, a non-woven, sprayable fabric has been created with the help of engineering, material science, and design, according to a WT Vox report.
The fabric is formed by the cross-linking of fibers which adhere to each other and to the surface sprayed to create an instant non-woven fabric. The versatility of a sprayable fabric coating that seamlessly conforms to any shape removes technical and economic barriers to offering consumers customized products. Fabrican’s spray technology enables producers to readily vary products’ physical properties (shape, size, texture, colour—even scent) to suit each customer’s specification, without the need for re-tooling or stocking different grades of material. Fabrican uses different types of fibers, from natural to synthetic, including keratin fibers such as wool and mohair, cotton, nylon, cellulose, and carbon nanofibres, according to the Fabrican website.
“It is stretchy and it feels like suede. It could be made of synthetic materials such as starpoly popolan or natural fibres such as cotton, linen, wool, and it could take different forms and textures,” said Dr. Manel Torres according to a 2018 WT Vox report.