Vivienne Westwood Supports Education

A range of academic gowns created by designer Vivienne Westwood are being unveiled at a catwalk in King's College's Great Hall on Strand campus. The capes and hoods have been created especially for the London college and will be worn by students at their graduation ceremonies later this month. Ms Westwood was approached to design the gowns in 2007 after the College successfully petitioned the Privy Council for degree-awarding powers in its own right. Previously, it had awarded degrees from the University of London. The new range features 20 different robes of varying colours, including orange for the School of Biomedical & Health Sciences, fuchsia for the Dental Institute and silver for the School of Law. Each gown will also have a King's College London lion button on each shoulder. Ms Westwood said: "Through my reworking of the traditional robe I tried to link the past, the present and the future. We are what we know." Source: Daily Star