UNC's grad gowns are blue, and green

Posted February 14, 2011 5:39 p.m. EST

— Fashion designer Alexander Julian, the man responsible for adding the argyle effect to the Tar Heels basketball uniforms, has applied his eye for color to another iconic garment.

He worked with Oak Hall Cap & Gown, which supplies of graduation regalia to the University of North Carolina, to make the gowns for the Class of 2011 more true to the school.

 "As a colorist, ever since Holden Thorp was inaugurated as chancellor, I have been on him like a wet, dirty T-shirt to let me try to improve the true blueness of the robe color," Julian said.

Oak Hall also wanted the gowns, which are only worn once, to be truly green – made from recycled materials.

At $54.99, the True Blue gown will cost students $5 more than last year's model.