Forget little brown bottles, injections or tubes of ointment. Thanks to a student from the Central Saint Martins Textiles Futures course, doctors of tomorrow could prescribe something as simple as a change of underwear.
As part of her ‘Material Pharmacy’ project, Sarah da Costa has developed a new fabric that releases drug treatments directly onto the skin. It uses a process called micro-encapsulation, which weaves particles of the drug into the fabric.
Her flagship creation is a bra that helps prevent breast cancer. Throughout the day, drugs are released through friction and moisture from leaf-shaped pieces of material. The reason for the shape? Foxglove leaves are the source of the active properties in Tamoxifen.
Smart on every level.