Seems impractical to replace something as simple as fabricated clothing with an electrical device that might be susceptible to failure, leaving the subject bollock naked should it happen.
JvP was discussing civilian fashions on 23rd century Earth, and since Gene Roddenberry wanted to depict casual public nudity in ST:TMP
I don't think that such malfunctions (intended or otherwise) would be grounds for a rehab session at the Tantalus V penal colony.
Data Holmes wrote:
I'm shocked you haven't been able to track down a copy of the actual memo.
Actually, there is rumored to have been a mysterious B&E into the Alexandria, VA. residence of a NASA HQ manager several years ago that has never been solved...