Catalan scientist creates spray-paint technology behind model’s dress

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Paris Fashion Week saw one of the most impressive moments in its recent history when model Bella Hadid was dressed onsite during Coperni’s SS23 catwalk using spray-paint technology created by Catalan scientist Manel Torres.

Fabrican Ltd is a company created by the Catalan born in the inland town of Tornabous, that uses liquid fiber mixed with polymers, bio polymers, and greener solvents and once sprayed into a surface evaporates and becomes a wearable fabric.

In fact, the fabric can be manipulated without any problem as seen during Coperni’s catwalk when after two painters sprayed Hadid’s body, a third person came into action and cut a slit of the dress.

The material comes in cans and the Catalan scientist thought that he “could create a mist,” he said in a 2013 TED Talk and recovered by the specialized website The Cut.

Torres studied fashion design at Barcelona school of arts and fashion techniques (Escola d’Arts i Tècniques de la Moda) before undertaking a fashion design master’s at London’s Royal College of Art, where he currently resides.

For years, Torres spend time investigating the technology to spray-paint a dress at the Imperial College London.


The performance during the catwalk lasted around eight minutes while dozens of spectators watched the fashion hit.

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