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Sport Under Gown c 1800 This would have been worn under a heavier dress, redingote or a riding habit, when you would have need a male lookin...

3gowns.jpg (330×385) From left to right, an Bachelor degree graduate, a Doctoral degree graduate and a Masters degree graduate. Leftovers from the bases of colleges and universities - garments once worn by men in various religious orders. Yes, the university system was founded by the Catholic Church and the "academic" gowns are remnants of religious habits,