My daughter just received her PhD from the University of Chicago (Go Math Women!) The cost to purchase this stunning ensemble is $800. Fellow fiber artists, don’t you see an opportunity here? We’re not talking haute couture dresses.
My seamstress-self estimates about one and a half hours sewing time once the long yardage has been cut out. And when you wearables artists encounter resistance at a $400 price tag, you can just mention that maybe your customers might be happy purchasing an $800 cap and tam. As for my daughter, she returned her gown at the UC bookstore along with many other fellow PhD’s; the magic was dissipated but the bank account remained intact. We are enjoying the pictures, though, which also include faculty graduates from other institutions (below.)