Grayson's Robes 2018 photo by David Poultney

Grayson’s Robes 2018 photo by David Poultney, In-Press Photography

Turner Prize-winning artist and UAL Chancellor Grayson Perry will take to the stage at UAL’s 2018 #UALGrads ceremonies in Chancellor robes specially designed for him by London College of Fashion BA Fashion Textile: Knit student, Yuxuan Yang.

The couture gown, was crafted with over 220,000 hand-stitched pearl beads, held together by six kilos of lurex. A custom made structure created a dome effect, giving the robes a statement silhouette.

Yang, who spent countless hours hand beading the gown, was helped by fellow London College of Fashion student, Gemma Maaten who personally called on her own auntie, as well as 92 other London College of Fashion students to take part in elaborate beading parties – offering students the change to take part in the incredible real-life brief of dressing their eccentric Chancellor.

The robes structure was made by London College of Fashion’s Nicholas Williams BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear.

UAL Chancellor Grayson Perry's 2018 Robes designed by London College of Fashion UAL student Yuxuan Yang Photo by In-Press Photography

UAL Chancellor Grayson Perry’s 2018 Robes designed by London College of Fashion UAL student Yuxuan Yang Photo by In-Press Photography

The ceremonies will be streamed live on UAL’s website and live-tweeted under the hashtag #UALGrads.