In 2007 King’s was granted degree-awarding powers in its own right. One of the impacts of securing its own degree-awarding powers was the need for King’s to design its own academic dress.
We are most grateful to Dame Vivienne Westwood for the major role she played in bringing the academic dress, which is based on a medieval design, up to date. Through her reworking of the traditional robe, Vivienne Westwood hoped to “link the past, the present and the future”. The new King’s academic dress design was approved by the university and does not include a mortarboard.
Important to know: Academic dress must be worn by all students/graduates, who should also be in smart clothing underneath the gown (no jeans or trainers are allowed).
To see what the King’s gowns look like, take a look at our academic dress.