A student studying at the Imperial College London has won this years UK Dyson Award. Ryan Yasin has created children’s clothes that grow along with their wearer.
The clothes, Petit Pli, were created with the aim of tackling clothing waste and saving parents money, stopping the need for parents to buy a number of clothes for their constantly growing child. The clothes are created using a specially engineered fabric with an ascetic structure – meaning when stretched, the fabric expands in all areas. To achieve the desired effect, the clothes were pleated.
When asked about winning the award, Ryan Yasin said: “It’s an honour to have won the UK James Dyson Award, it’s just great to have that backing and recognition of my solution. The prize money is an added bonus, but I know how I will use it. In addition to supporting my R&D, it will help me form an interdisciplinary team of experts to take Petit Pli to the next level: putting it in the hands of parents worldwide, and making a tangible difference to the way we consume resources in the fashion industry.”

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Ryan is a student on the Global Innovation Design course, which is run jointly between Imperial’s Dyson School of Design Engineering and the Royal College of Art. Before this course, Ryan studied Aeronautical Engineering, also at Imperial – where his master thesis was on the topic of deployable nano-satellites. During this time, he explored how to pack as much material into a 2mm space and discovered auxetic materials.
The clothes grow up to seven sizes, to fit children from the age of six months to three years of age. For winning the UK Dyson award, Ryan received £2,000 prize money and has been entered into the international round of the competition, where the winner receives a £30,000 reward.

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