It all started with a Ph.D. grad....

CAPGOWN is a family owned and operated business that was founded in 1998 on the premise that a high-quality, well-made doctoral regalia should be affordable to ALL graduates.  

We got our start when a family member was getting his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1998. He wanted regalia made of high-quality materials so that it would last for many years to come. Unfortunately, his options were unimpressive and very expensive.

Turning to his Sister, who has over 20 years of experience in the textile and garment industry, she was able to produce his regalia with exceptional materials at a reasonable price.

When other students started to ask if his sister could make their gowns, we saw an opportunity to offer doctoral regalia to other Ph.D. candidates who want the same high-quality product at a great price. In cooperation with the ASSU Stanford Store, CAPGOWN was able to serve Stanford University students in 1999.

Today, we proudly serve the Ph.D. communities of the most distinguished universities in the world. 

Prior to CAPGOWN, such regalia had been prohibitively expensive for most new graduates.

At CAPGOWN, we use our expertise in the garment industry to produce our doctoral regalia. We use only premium materials and skillfully craft those materials into the finest doctoral regalia available.

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

We want our customers to be completely satisfied with their purchase. Therefore, we offer a no-hassle return policy in which you may return any item for a full-refund.

Kristina H.
University of California Berkeley
June 2013

“ Thank you so much for my beautiful regalia. The cap and gown were exquisitely made with superb attention to detail. Your business provides a personal, professional and quality service that I will happily refer to my colleagues. Keep up the good work. ”

Liam McAllister, Ph.D.
Physics, 2005, Stanford University | Physics Professor, Cornell University
May 2012

“I want to thank you for an excellent customer service experience and a terrific product. My regalia arrived much faster than I had hoped and looks great.”

Carrie W.
University of California
April 2015

“ Thank you again for helping me to find the gown with the best fit. I do appreciate your customer service very much. The quality of the regalia is excellent, as I expected based on that of one of my colleague's regalia they had previously purchased. ”

Why choose us....

We never skimp on QUALITY.

Our products are made only with premium fabrics. We use plush, soft velvet on our caps and gowns to deliver an elegant look and feel. We have sourced the best quality polyester crepe to ensure impeccable draping and satin that provides a luxuriously smooth sheen. Find out more about the materials we use.

Our gowns are expertly crafted and we pay great attention to detail. Our regalia adhere to the standards stated by the Academic Council of Education’s Academic Costume Code. We ensure that we meet each university’s requirements, so you can be confident that the color and style of our gowns meet your institution’s specifications.

We proudly stand by the quality and design of our regalia and are confident that you will look and feel great on Graduation Day.

Ceremonial Attire, Inc. (capgown.com) is an independent company and is not affiliated with, nor sponsored by, any university.