October 6, 2010

Will Spray On Clothes be next Men’s Formal Wear Trend?

Fabrican Spray on Tuxedo

Spray on Tuxedo???

It may sound like something out of a sci-fi novel or a Terry Gilliam movie. Imperial College in London has announced and demonstrated something called Fabrican. It if fabric in an aerosol can and it is also fabric that “can” be made. Inside the spray can is a special liquid that is sprayed on the body to make the fabric.

How it Works

Spanish fashion designer, Manel Torres, who is in residence at the college, said “When I first began this project I really wanted to make a futuristic, seamless, quick and comfortable material.” He added, “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 fibers and finding a way of binding them together without having to weave or stitch them.”

Basically, the spray on fabric is made up of small fibers that are sprayed on the body. The fibers also have a liquid and polymers in them, which, once they touch the body solidify as the liquid evaporates. The small fibers link together in a crossing pattern to form the fabric, which may be peeled off the body and stored with other clothes.

Different types of fibers can be used, including natural and synthetic, making the material produced very versatile. Fabrican is presently in its experimental phase, but it does offer some interesting possibilities.

You Become the Designer

First of all, you become the designer. And the great thing is you don’t have to know how to sew. You basically need to be able to use a high power, spray on applicator and have an idea. Although it is still in the experimental stage, you can make a formal scarf with it.

Informal Approach to Men’s Formal Wear

Although it may sound ridiculous now, there may be a way to make men’s formal wear using Fabrican. There’s no proof that you can at this point, but if the creation of the aerosol material can be perfected so that all aspects are controlled and if they can make it less form fitting, there may be a way to create your own tuxedo. If molds and/or patterns can be develped that will help form the liquid fabric and that will at the same time create the proper fit for a person’s body, you too may become a men’s formal wear designer.

What label are you wearing? Well, like people have done with beer and wine, you may simply be able to reply, “My own.”

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October 5, 2010

Boardwalk Empire and White Tie Formal Wear

Nucky Thompson in a Tailcoat

Steve Buscemi in White Tie Tailcoat

Boardwalk Empire and White Tie

Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi, is the brains and the power in Martin Scorsese’s new HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Buscemi is not noted for his looks. Remember in the movie Fargo when everyone described him as the “funny looking guy?”

But if clothes make the man, then his costumes, especially the men’s formal wear that he dons, endow him with power. Buscemi in Prohibition Era white tie looks about as dapper and in control as a man can be. This is especially true when his look is contrasted with someone else in the garb of the working stiff. When we see him in his white tie talking to his driver, who is wearing the basic clothes of the day, we’re given a visual representation of the power structure.

White tie is often defined as ultra-formal men’s wear. Bescemi’s white tie includes a white wing collar shirt, peak tailcoat with cuffed sleeves and a red carnation. Throughout the series, Buscemi appears in elegant attire, making his despotic, power wielding character look civilized.

The outward, public look he projects is one of style, conformity and goodness. He looks like a businessman, but he is a gangster. His stylish costumes are a huge contrast to what everyone else wears. They define his public appearance. What does Buscemi as Thompson dress like when he’s not in public?

More often than not we see him stripped down to his boxers having sex, about to have sex or just having had sex with a beautiful woman. That’s the private man in his nakedness. Boardwalk Empire uses trendy clothes and men’s formal wear to cover up the naked truth about its conniving, booze-running, murderous main character. It does it with amazingly striking fashion.

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