Expanding Clothing for Kids Just Won the UK James Dyson Award

By Tom Pritchard on at

One of the worst parts about being a parent (I assume, anyway) is the fact that kids grow out of their clothes almost immediately. You can buy two sizes too big to give them time to grow, but wouldn't it be great if the clothes grew with them? That sort of thinking just won one person the UK edition of the James Dyson awards.

Royal College of Art graduate Ryan Mario Yasin won the prize with his Petit Pli clothing, designed as part of his Masters in Innovation Design Engineering. It was one of 2,000 entrants for the award, which recognises the most innovative inventions from students across the UK.

The clothes use permanent pleats that expand in all directions, allowing the clothes to grow up to six sizes larger. The inspiration apparently came from buying clothes for his nephew, only for him to have grown out of them by the time they arrived. This particular collection if hydrophobic (and thus waterporoof), windproof, and designed to fit children aged six months to three years.

Speaking to Dezeen in July, Yasin said:

"Children outgrow their clothes in a matter of a few months, yet we clothe them in miniaturised adult clothing, as opposed to designing them from the ground up. With 11 million children in the UK, I thought it was time we redesigned children's garments."

As the UK winner Yasin gets £2,000, with his project advanced onto the international section of the awards. If he wins that he'll receive £30,000. Regardless of that outcome, he plans on using the money for further R&D, and turn Petit Pli into a proper company.

You can read more about Petit Pli, and this year's runner up entries, here. [Dezeen]