Toray Textiles Europe Limited offers a range of fabrics to suit both the rigours of school life and the elegance and style of ceremonial dress. Our 100% woven polyester fabrics provide quality, comfort and durability without sacrificing the aesthetics of classical and contemporary styling.


The origins of modern academic dress including the robe, hood and classical caps hark back to the first universities in medieval times. Students wore long, sober clothing too show their status in society and identify them as scholars.

Whilst fashions and styles have changed, the sense of purpose and propriety evoked by formal academic dress continues. Along with practicalities of marking students out in a crowd ensured that the traditional academic garments are still used today.

Many Oxbridge colleges, schools and some ecclesiastical services still use the gown and hood but for most this attire it is now only seen at degree graduation ceremonies.


Toray Performance Finishes Range

Our Performance Finishes are available across our whole fabric range to enhance their physical performance and comfort in wear. By arrangement we can supply a branded swing ticket for each of our finishes in English, French and German. A copy of each is available to download by clicking on the icons above.

Key Characteristics.

Toray Textiles Europe offers a fully bespoke, in house colour matching service, conforming to ISO 105-J03 standard. We have been at the forefront of instrumental colour measurement since 1982 and can match to colour space targets, Pantone® references or physical samples.

To find out more about our academic fabric range contact a member of our sales team on the details below ~
UK, Ireland & Scandinavia:
Paul Daynes.
+44 7733 300544
+44 1623 415148
Benelux & Germany:
Chris Else.
+44 7899 662342
+44 1623 415092
All other Countries:
Nick Leventis.
+44 7721 397714
+44 1623 415114
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