Academic Dress

While we appreciate that the vast majority of people reading this guide will be seeking information on wedding attire, this page is for the small but dedicated band of enthusiasts who like to ‘marry’ morning dress with academic regalia.

Taft in Morning Dress

President Taft, in morning dress with academic regalia, marrying the chancellor of some university or other. They look very happy together.

In the event of attending most formal events like weddings, there will always be a relatively reasonable voice, heeded by many, that argues that morning dress is old-fashioned, overly formal, a bit of a costume, etc.  There is a particular context, however, where this argument simply cannot be taken seriously, and that is at a graduation ceremony or other event where the wearing of academic dress is prescribed. The reason? Why, because you are already being required to wear regalia that is at the same time ancient, highly formal and, frankly, for all that we love it, a bit silly. The temptation to play it cool and dress down a little should never be allowed to win out – a good lounge suit is perfectly acceptable, but morning dress or black lounge just look so much better…

Sub fusc

Morning dress as Sub fusc

Manchester MA gown (Ede & Ravenscroft), Manchester MA hood (C.H. Wolfenbloode), Mortar Board (J. Whipple)

Manchester gown (Modified Ede & Ravenscroft), Manchester Postgraduate Masters hood (C.H. Wolfenbloode), Mortarboard (J. Wippell)

The hood itself for enthusiasts!

The hood itself for enthusiasts!

Cambridge MA gown (R.Buttress), Cambridge MA hood (Ede & Ravenscroft), Mortar Board (J. Whipple)

Cambridge MA gown (R.Buttress), Cambridge MA hood (Ede & Ravenscroft), Mortarboard (J. Wippell)

Cambridge MA hood for enthusiasts!

Cambridge MA hood for enthusiasts!

Cambridge sub fusc

Black lounge as sub fusc

Cambridge MA full academic dress

Cambridge MA full academic dress