Academic Gowns: Intellectual Adornments
When King Vajiravudh had the academic gowns designed for King Chulalongkorn’s Civil Servants School, he did not want them to follow the style of European university gowns but wished to adopt the style of the gown worn by Thai noblemen during the Ayutthaya Period. However, during his reign the University was not yet ready to offer a degree programme so the gowns were not used. Later, in the reign of King Prajadhipok, the King presided over the graduation ceremony to confer degrees on the first batch of graduates, holding a Bachelor’s Degree. He also issued a decree concerning Chulalongkorn University’s Academic Gowns, 2473 B.E. stipulating the details of the gowns, which have been used since then until now.