Chancellor Regalia

What is the ‘festal gown’ worn by a University Chancellor?

A Chancellor robe is a formal gown worn by the university Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Pro and/or Deputy Chancellors. Chancellor robes may also be worn by managing directors and other heads of an institution. Each university will have academic gown specifications unique to the institution regarding Chancellor Regalia.

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Chancellor gowns tailored to historical design

The designs of most Chancellor gowns worn at Australian and Commonwealth Universities have been informed by historical precedents. They often feature gold or silver embellishments and are made using specially woven patterned fabrics. Chancellery regalia may also include an academic bonnet or mortar board headwear that will feature gold or silver decoration to match.

Chancellor gowns informed by university branding

George H. Lilley Regalia has enjoyed the pleasure of designing and making Chancellor robes for many Australian and International Universities. We have made Chancellor robes that feature university-specific colours or embroidered university logos. We can also have fabric especially milled and dyed to represent university branding. In fact, it is becoming quite common for a university to prescribe Chancellor regalia that is informed by the branding standards of the institution.

Formal (full-dress) or less-formal (undress) Chancellor regalia

A Chancellor will wear regalia at graduations and formal ceremonies. Sometimes, Chancellor gowns may come in the form of either ‘full-dress’ regalia or ‘undress regalia’. Typically, full-dress regalia is more elaborate and formal, whereas undress regalia will feature less decoration. Un-dress regalia may simply be the Chancellor’s own PhD gown, or the academic dress of the habit of their degree. Alternatively, we can design and tailor undress regalia to meet university requirements.

Lightweight and travel-friendly Chancellor robes

Due to travelling and attending graduations and ceremonies in various locations, a Chancellor may need a less-formal gown specially made to be light weight and suitable to journeying. This is often the case when gowns and regalia may be difficult to transport, or may be too heavy and warm to wear in certain climates.

After-all, it can get quite warm standing under stage-lighting in a heavy robe while addressing an audience with a speech, let alone while presenting many, many happy graduates with their awards!

That’s why George H. Lilley Regalia often use select lightweight and breathable fabrics for Chancellor robes, with concealed venting designed into the pattern for Chancellor or other university gowns.

All of our Chancellor robes are proudly made in Australia, tailored here in Melbourne by us.

 

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