Academic Costume

Various costumes worn by university and collegiate faculty, administrators, and graduating students at graduation ceremonies and other special occasions. The most common element of academic costume is the gown, a tradition dating to the Middle Ages. Decorative hoods and various caps, including the mortarboard, are other common elements of academic costume. Trimmings of various colors may be used to refer to different disciplines of study.

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academic costume
academic dress
academic apparel
academische kledij Dutch
costume académique French
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Refers to the various costumes worn by university and collegiate faculty, administrators, and graduating students at graduation ceremonies and other special occasions. The most common element of academic costume is the gown, a tradition dating to the Middle Ages. Decorative hoods and various caps, including the mortarboard, are other common elements of academic costume. Trimmings of various colors may be used to refer to different disciplines of study.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300265060. The J. Paul Getty Trust.