Barracuda Aluminized Fiberglass Sets Design Trend
Designers’ Appetite for ‘Metallic Look’ Sparks Interest in New Specialty Fabric
Metallic fashion trend creates new applications for BarracudaÂ® aluminized glass fabric.
(Greensboro, NC) â€“ May 19, 2011 â€“ In case you missed all the fashion analyses from this yearâ€™s celebrity red carpet season, hereâ€™s the executive summary version: metallic is IN. Fashion mavens from trusted sources like Elle and Teen Vogue magazines are gushing about celebs sporting clothing, shoes, handbags and other accessories made from metallic-look fabric.
What does the metallic fashion trend have to do with those of us not in the market for designer evening wear? Apparently, what happens on the celebrity red carpet has a lot to say about design trends for everything from luggage to sporting goods. Designers from seemingly every segment of the consumer product landscape are looking for ways to â€œmetallicize.â€
One solution for manufacturers looking to bring the glint of metal to various products is BarracudaÂ®, a new aluminized glass fabric developed by BGF Industries in Greensboro, NC. â€œIn design applications, Barracuda is like moldable steel,â€ explains Tom Blackburn, Market Manager at BGF. â€œItâ€™s made from fiberglass fabric, with an aluminum finish. So it has the strength and flexibility of industrial hi-performance glass fabric, and when combined with a resin, it has a 3-D sheen that looks like woven steel.â€
With the look of metal and the functionality of traditional high performance fabrics, Barracuda was developed for product applications that require aesthetic appeal and strength. â€œProducts using Barracuda have already been introduced in the automotive and sporting goods markets,â€ Blackburn says, â€œAnd weâ€™re getting interest from product developers in markets like luggage, aircraft, marine and furniture as well.â€
Blackburn adds, â€œBarracuda is lightweight and flexible enough to mold to the shape of just about any hard surface. And when you combine that with its strength and durability, designers are finding that thereâ€™s practically an endless list of potential products this material could be used for.â€