Spanish scientist/designer Manel Torres has created a new material that can be sprayed directly on to the body, forming a literal second-skin piece of clothing. Made from a suspension of minuscule cotton fibers and plastic, the material can be washed and re-worn as well as dissolved back into its liquid form to be reused as another garment! Check out the video from New Scientist and let us know what you think about this amazing new way to make clothing.

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    Sep 21, 2010, 03.22 PMby raving

    The university even had a fashion show displaying this new technology: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_21-9-2010-13-23-53

    I’m so excited to know that I’ll be studying chemistry there in a few weeks. I really hope to find out more about this!

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    Sep 21, 2010, 06.01 AMby ladyo

    what if it rains…

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      Sep 21, 2010, 03.33 PMby themisslinds

      according to torres the garments can be washed and re-worn, I believe they need a particular chemical to break them back down into liquid form. so theoretically, you are rain safe :)

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    Sep 20, 2010, 09.27 AMby tasallison

    i agree with emily marie, we should be moving away from chemicals not applying them to our skin……i thought the point of clothing was to enhance and downplay our not so attractive bits…what would be the point of this? why not just go naked if you want everyone to see everything?

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    Sep 19, 2010, 08.19 AMby emily-marie

    Pretty amazing, but soooo not eco-friendly- I try to avoid even buying aerosol hairspray, so I think I’ll pass on applying my clothing with it! Another textile researcher in London is working on clothing cultured out of bacteria and it’s compostable. Still not fully developed either, but really interesting! http://www.grist.org/article/2010-07-14-would-you-wear-a-garment-brewed-by-bacteria

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    Sep 18, 2010, 10.45 PMby wzrdreams

    I’m impressed! Think of how customized this is to our individual body shapes!

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    Sep 18, 2010, 06.30 PMby gedwoods

    This is awesome, one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time! I hope the inventors make money on it – when a really good idea comes along, the people who developed it often get the short end of the stick! Now I’m going to have to rethink my own designs (sigh)…

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    Sep 18, 2010, 06.10 PMby lala86

    that’s AMAZING!! Of course it has to be better developed but it’s a great invention

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    Sep 18, 2010, 05.09 PMby hstorm799

    A cool idea, but I don’t see this becoming something that will be widely used as is. Not enough control. Her underarms were stuck to her sides in one shot.

    The bandage idea would be so useful though. With 2 kids, I would buy that for sure.

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    Sep 18, 2010, 04.47 PMby distie

    The idea of using this for bandages is fantastic! I wonder if this will catch on for fashion.

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    Sep 18, 2010, 10.24 AMby freakusbzzz

    Do you need a spray on zip?

    Is it stetchy and can you pull it off and on. I hate sewing Jersy.. I would be a big fan of this.

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    Sep 18, 2010, 09.09 AMby nattyjane

    It looks like he is spraying her with a can of silly string!

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    Sep 18, 2010, 02.06 AMby happytomodachi

    now that is something different. i’m curious about the texture and what kinds of chemicals are needed that would be against the body.

    the bandages sound interesting.

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    Sep 18, 2010, 01.55 AMby elaineren

    Haha! I love this. I have been bemoaning that fashion is so much rehashing of the past with nothing really new… But this can not be described as ‘retro’ from any era! The idea of dissolving and respraying is super. The concept of bandages—yes! It will be in every first aid kit. The only draw back I see, I need to spend much more time in the gym to wear this style well!

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