University of Adelaide PhD Graduation Gown
Australian Made
University of Adelaide PhD Graduation Gown

University of Adelaide PhD Graduation Gown


This product is the GOWN ONLY. Purchase the full set of the University of Adelaide PhD gown, hood and bonnet here on our website.


  • Certified Australian-made, tailored by us in Melbourne.
  • Select from superfine wool, wool/poly blend or polyester base fabrics.
  • Fabrics selected by us for the perfect weight and drape of academic dress.
  • Quality garment construction techniques and reinforced hand-pleating.
  • Perfectly-pressed vivid faculty colours.
  • Gowns sent to you with a complimentary robe bag for garment care.

    All our academic dress is made to university specifications. We guarantee the quality of our garments and after-sales service.


    The University of Adelaide PhD regalia consists of a black gown faced with scarlet and a scarlet academic hood that is also fully lined in matching colour. The black velvet bonnet has a gold cord and tassels.


    Due to popular demand, our website now caters for international orders.


    Refer to the tabs below for information regarding gown sizing, headwear sizing, our fabric types and garment care advice.


    Our family have been making regalia for 75 years. Thank-you for supporting Australian made.


    We look forward to being of service!

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    Sizing of graduation gowns is generally determined by a person's height. This is a universal method of sizing for most ceremonial gowns as worn within Australia.

    There are increments to each gown size. For example, size small = sizes 40 - 44. This means that a size 40, 42 and 44 all have the same yoke size (shoulder width) while the length of the gown differs.

    GownSizeHeight cm / ft
    XS - Extra SmallSize 38147cm / 4'8 
    S - SmallSize 40152 cm / 5' 

    Size 42157cm / 5'2 

    Size 44162 cm / 5'4 
    M - MediumSize 46168 cm / 5'6 

    Size 48173 cm / 5'8 

    Size 50178 cm / 6'0 
    L - LargeSize 52183 cm / 6' 

    Size 54187 cm / 6'2 

    Size 56193 cm / 6'4
    XL - Extra LargeSize 58198 cm / 6'6

    If you have broad shoulders or require more width to your robe, consider the next size up.

    Gowns are intended to be loose-fitting. In Australia, gowns are typically worn open at the front over existing clothing and should be mid-to-lower-calf length. The length and drape of a robe  make a difference to the overall look, and we recommend that a longer gown will look more elegant and better fitting. For example, if you are 170 cm tall, which falls between a size 46 and size 48, go for the size 48.

    Do not wear bulky clothing under an academic gown. 

    We offer a special fitting service for gowns for purchase. Please contact us for assistance.

    Sizing for headwear is head circumference about 2cm above your ears. If you don't have a tape measure, use a length of string and measure the string.

    *Soft Cap Mortar Board Size cmHard Cap Mortar Board Size cmBonnet Size cm
    Small 51 - 555151



    Medium 55 - 58 5555


     Large 58 - 615858


    Extra Large 61 - 626161
    Extra Extra Large 62 + 6262


    *Our soft cap mortars are slightly elasticised so there is some allowance between sizes. If you are in-between sizes, always go for the larger size. 

    Keep in mind that all head shapes are different and this will affect sizing and fit. If you are unsure, just remember you can exchange your headwear according to the terms and conditions on our website.

    Our select fabrics include polyester, wool/poly blend or superfine wool.


    • Our most popular and affordable gown fabric
    • Yarn originally developed in Australia
    • Lightweight, easily worn over existing clothing
    • Comfortable in both humid and cool climates
    • Travels well, is crush resistant
    • Matt-finish for a smart, dignified look
    • 170gsm, selected by us for the perfect weight and drape of academic dress
    • Used for our own hire stock of gowns, fabric will store brilliantly
    • Recommended for bulk stock

    Wool/Poly Blend:

    • An affordable alternative to pure wool
    • Generally 80% wool and 20% polyester
    • Breathable and lightweight
    • Comfortable in both humid and cool climates
    • Dry clean only
    • Travels well, is crush resistant
    • Matt-finish for a smart, dignified look
    • Selected by us for the ideal weight and drape of academic dress

    Pure Wool:

    • A favorite for academics and professionals
    • Superior choice of fabric
    • Select 100% superfine 'cool' wool
    • Superfine 'S' value 120 - refers to the fineness of the wool fibre
    • Execellent breatheability and lightweight
    • Comfortable in both winter and summer, humid and cool conditions
    • Feels wonderfully smooth and soft to the touch
    • Dry clean only
    • Excellent for travel, crease resistant
    • Matt-finish for a smart, dignified look
    • Selected by us for the ideal weight and drape of academic dress

    Be sure to follow the laundering instructions on the care label of your garment. 

    Our garments come to you pressed and ready-to-wear with minimal creasing from freight. However, we do recommend hanging your garment when not in use and if required, gently iron or steam your robe. (Do not put an iron directly onto any satin lining or facing!)

    Every George H Lilley Regalia gown comes with a complimentry robe bag. We recommend using this bag for storeage and travel. Allowing your garment to air regularly will assist to keep your gown in best condition.

    Particular care is required if your garment has satin linings or facings. In this case, we recommend that your academic regalia is worn in ceremonies only. Avoid eating or drinking while wearing your regalia as the satin may stain. Take care when handling as pinning or your fingernails could damage the fabric.

    If at any time you are not sure on the best of care for your garment then please contact us, the manufacturer, for advice.

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