A Dress without a Home: The Unadopted Academic Dress of the Royal Institute of British Architects, 1923–24

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Transactions of the Burgon Society, Vol: 10, Issue: 1

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Goff, Philip
New Prairie Press
Academical dress; Origins of university costume; History of academic dress; Academic cap and gown
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Following the death of Bill Keen, the Managing Director of Ede & Ravenscroft, in 1996, one of [Goff's] tasks, as Academic Consultant, was to sift through hundreds of files and letters at the Chancery Lane premises. On one occasion, a yellowing, quarto-size page fell out of a book. It was headed Supplement to the Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the bold title of the piece caught his eye: ‘Proposals for the Adoption of an Academic Dress for Members and Licentiates of the Royal Institute of British Architects’. This was followed by some illustrations of the costume for Members (that is Fellows and Associates) and Licentiates, and these are reproduced [in the article], by permission. [Excerpt].