Ryan Yasin, 24-year-old graduate student has created clothes for infants that “grow” as the child does, sparing parents from having to buy new garments every few weeks.
He has won the UK branch of the James Dyson award, a competition run by Sir James Dyson.
He has invented the material while studying at the Royal College of Art, London and is now using it to launch a clothing range called Petit Pli.His synthetic fibre uses a pleated structure that allows it to follow the Negative Poisson’s ratio, a phenomenon in which materials become fatter when stretched.
The material is designed for outerwear such as coats and jackets and is waterproof.
Children tend to go through seven clothing sizes between the ages of six and 36 months, often outgrowing clothes within weeks of them being bought.