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Grayson’s graduation robes: YOU could be the designer

We saw him at the 2017 Graduation Ceremonies. We marvelled at Central Saint Martins’ student Keith Tovey’s winning design that was splashed across the pages of The Evening Standard. Now it’s your turn.

Grayson says: 

I’m looking for – Design drawings that can be easily interpreted into a finished garment by me and a skilled seamstress. Show how the garment can be constructed and what fabrics, materials and techniques would best achieve the result – swatches and samples are a must

The robe needs to – Top last year’s fabulous design! Retain some of the formal elements of traditional chancellor robes – but also take into account my personal style. I take centre stage so go for an eye-catching design. Strong colours and reflective surfaces are encouraged. I’d also love a glamorous crown or headpiece.

Comfort is key – The graduation ceremonies always happen at the hottest time of the year and involve a lot of clapping, standing up and sitting down, so lighter fabrics are encouraged.

I am a man yet I look like a female – So attention should be given to playing down the male bits (shoulders, long tubular body!) and playing up my assets (good legs!)

Competition details:

Register NOW – the competition is open to all UAL students, so let us know you’re entering by emailing  When you register, your email should include; your name and your college and course.

Design – provide a front and back design for the robes and crown or headpiece [no bigger than A3] and supply some swatches.

Enter – any student can take part, you just need to design the robes and crown and we’ll do the rest!

Hand in – we’ll collect the designs from your college canteen, further details to come.

Closing date for submissions: 28 February 2018.