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Students' cutting-edge research helps win competition

Wed 24 October 2012, 6:38 pm

Fashion design students at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Rochester have spent months this year working on the cutting-edge question of whether clothing with stripes can make people look thinner.

The research drive was sparked by a finalist on the BBC Radio 4 show So You Want to Be a Scientist, who devised an experiment to test the theory - and went on to win the contest.

Aided by a UCA team, which made up a range of shirts and dresses with stripes positioned horizontally and vertically, Val Waltham put her perception experiment to the test.

Students were filmed wearing each of the dresses and shirts, plus a plain black alternative, and visitors to the BBC Science tent at this year’s Edinburgh Science Festival were asked to watch the videos and estimate the dress size the model in each of the clips.

Ms Waltham said the dedication shown by the UCA students had been fantastic.

“Not only have they made up the garments, but they also volunteered to act as models,” she said.

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