29 Feb 2024

Combining style and science: the new frontier of fashion

The evolving fusion of fashion and science

What is the link between fashion and science, and why is it growing ever closer? In recent decades, fashion has undergone an extraordinary evolution thanks to the growing influence of scientific research. Scientists, chemists and researchers are playing an increasingly central role in the creation of trendy clothes and accessories. Although fashion has always had a relationship with science - think of the ancient techniques for dyeing fabrics or the first sewing machines that revolutionised the industry - it is in the modern era that this relationship has reached new heights of innovation.


Combining style and science: the new frontier of fashion

Fashion from chemical research

Since the first half of the 20th century, textile innovation and research have led to the creation of revolutionary materials such as polyamide, which have changed the way we wear our clothes. It was a major US chemical company, DuPont, that introduced polyamide to the market in 1938: the first significant applications of polyamide yarn occurred during the Second World War. Its strength and durability made it the ideal material for wartime use in the manufacture of parachutes, safety ropes, military equipment and uniforms. Polyamide was later adopted for a wide range of civilian applications, including clothing and hosiery, transforming the textile and fashion industry. As well as being extremely durable, polyamide made it possible to create garments that were strong, elastic, stable, water-repellent and easy to wash.

Now, almost a century later, this synergy between science and fashion continues to evolve in extraordinary ways.

Style innovation through science

Scientific research has become central to the entire apparel process, from yarn production to garment creation. Stylists, planners and designers collaborate with scientists, engineers and industry experts to gather empirical data and detailed information.

Advances in polyamide yarn processing, in particular the synthesis of polyamide 6 and polyamide 6.6, have paved the way for further advances in the textile industry. These advances have made it possible to create garments with advanced functionalities such as thermoregulation, insulation and antibacterial resistance, making it the material of choice not only for sportswear and everyday wear, but also for specialised garments.

The new possibilities offered by scientific research are also influencing the work of designers in creating innovations that satisfy both aesthetic and functional aspects, offering advantages in terms of garment performance and comfort.


Scientific trends in contemporary fashion

Scientific research also accompanies the fashion world in the challenge that all brands share: the development of more environmentally sustainable fabrics
In fact, sustainability has become a buzzword in all production sectors: various events in the field aim to promote responsible production among textile companies. While the textile industry initially used mainly virgin fibres, there is now a growing tendency to use new-generation yarns, often made from regenerated materials or recovered from waste and scrap. It is therefore clear how fundamental the contribution of science is to innovation in this sector.

This is precisely the commitment that Fulgar has resolutely embraced. The company has set itself the goal of adopting a responsible strategy that reflects a conscious environmental commitment aimed at the preservation and improvement of the global ecosystem. A tangible example of this commitment is Q-CYCLE yarn, an innovative variation of polyamide 6.6. What makes this yarn unique is that 100% of its raw material comes from an environmentally friendly source, respecting the mass balance: pyrolysis oil from recovered tyres. Another significant example is the Amni Soul Eco® yarn, an environmentally friendly alternative to the well-established traditional polyamide, characterised by its extraordinary ability to biodegrade ten times faster in landfills than traditional synthetics and twenty times faster in the marine environment.

Discover all the other innovative Fulgar yarns and how these materials are redefining the future of fashion!