Ceremonial Dress Design Competition

In preparation for its 75th Anniversary celebrations in 2023, The University of the West Indies invites interested persons to participate in a competition to design new academic dress and head gear for the regional institution.

As a regional institution, it is fitting that our stakeholders be given the opportunity to assist with the modernizing of our academic regalia. The design of the regalia provides the opportunity to be part of the UWI’s history, as the finished product will now have its own Caribbean flair and will be worn by the UWI leadership, honorary guests, and graduates for decades to come.

The UWI seeks the involvement of designers from the 17 territories affiliated to the institution. The competition will be launched on August 3, 2021 and run for eleven (11) months in three (3) stages. The stages are; (1) application and preliminary submission, (2) mock-up submission, and (3) selection of winner. The judging is to be completed in the final month.



The competition is opened to designers who are familiar with the cultural nuances of the 17 territories where the UWI has a presence and should possess skills to create a fusion of designs in a contemporary manner. Designers may be professionals or staff, enrolled students and alumni (names to be crossed checked) of the five campuses.



  • Designs (sketches and sample materials) for regalia are to be used as ceremonial dress and at selected occasions by the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellors’ & Principals, University Registrar, University Bursar, University Librarian, Campus Council Chair, Campus Registrars, Campus Bursars, Deputy Principals, Deans, Public Orator and Graduates.

  • Two images of each design (front and back) in PDF format to be presented in colour, on a white background. Sample fabric suggestions are to be provided.

  • The design may be the work of one (1) person who may be the creator, or it can be the collaborative work of two (2) persons.

  • Designers should ensure they do not infringe on any person(s) intellectual property rights.