Court uniform and dress in the United Kingdom

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Court uniform and dress were required to be worn by those in attendance at the royal Court in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.wikipedia
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Debutante

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Female court dress was at one time required wear for debutantes being presented at Court, but it ceased regularly to be worn after the Second World War (when afternoon presentations replaced evening Courts).
The court dress has traditionally been a white evening dress, but shades of ivory and pink were acceptable.

Train (clothing)

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For women, a white or cream evening dress is directed to be worn, together with a train and other specified accoutrements.
It is a common part of ceremonial robes in Academic dress, Court dress or Court uniform.

First MacDonald ministry

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Official sanction of 'Frock dress' as an alternative to Court dress coincided with the election of Britain's first Labour government (George V is said to have shown sensitivity to his new government in sartorial matters).
MacDonald accepted the King's commission later that day, arriving with his Labour colleagues, to the amusement of many and dismay of others, in full court dress.

Lord Chamberlain

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From 1810, the Lord Chamberlain laid down regulations for court dress.
The Lord Chamberlain also regulates the design and the wearing of court uniform and dress and how insignia are worn.

Shoe buckle

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These were worn with white silk stockings, black shoes with shoe buckles, and sword.
Separate buckles remained fashionable until they were abandoned along with high-heeled footwear and other aristocratic fashions in the years after the French Revolution, although they were retained as part of ceremonial and court dress until well into the 20th century.

Bicorne

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For men, it comprises a matching tailcoat and waistcoat, breeches and stockings, lace cuffs and cravat, cocked hat and a sword.
A cocked hat is still sometimes seen as part of Court uniform and dress in the United Kingdom.

Privy Council of the United Kingdom

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In the United Kingdom, court uniform was formerly worn by various ranks within the Civil and Diplomatic Service, by Privy Counsellors, and by officials of the Royal Household (who were distinguished from other wearers of the uniform by having scarlet, rather than blue, collar and cuffs).
Court uniform and dress in the United Kingdom

Mess dress uniform

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Mess dress
The officers of some ceremonial military corps, such as the Yeomen of the Guard and Gentlemen at Arms, are authorised to wear the evening dress of the Royal Household court uniform as a mess dress.

Pith helmet

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With this uniform the same cocked hat was worn as with the temperate uniform, or else (specifically 'out of doors during the day') a white sun helmet would be worn; in full-dress, the helmet would have a spike attached (for members of the diplomatic and consular services) or (for governors and governors general) a plume.
Through the first half of the 20th century, the Wolseley pattern helmet was routinely worn with civil uniform by British colonial, diplomatic and consular officials serving in 'hot climates'.

Tailcoat

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For men, it comprises a matching tailcoat and waistcoat, breeches and stockings, lace cuffs and cravat, cocked hat and a sword.

Waistcoat

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For men, it comprises a matching tailcoat and waistcoat, breeches and stockings, lace cuffs and cravat, cocked hat and a sword.

Breeches

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For men, it comprises a matching tailcoat and waistcoat, breeches and stockings, lace cuffs and cravat, cocked hat and a sword.

Stocking

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For men, it comprises a matching tailcoat and waistcoat, breeches and stockings, lace cuffs and cravat, cocked hat and a sword.

Lace

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For men, it comprises a matching tailcoat and waistcoat, breeches and stockings, lace cuffs and cravat, cocked hat and a sword.

Cuff

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For men, it comprises a matching tailcoat and waistcoat, breeches and stockings, lace cuffs and cravat, cocked hat and a sword.

Cravat

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For men, it comprises a matching tailcoat and waistcoat, breeches and stockings, lace cuffs and cravat, cocked hat and a sword.

Sword

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For men, it comprises a matching tailcoat and waistcoat, breeches and stockings, lace cuffs and cravat, cocked hat and a sword.

Evening gown

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For women, a white or cream evening dress is directed to be worn, together with a train and other specified accoutrements.

Accoutrements

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For women, a white or cream evening dress is directed to be worn, together with a train and other specified accoutrements.

Queen's Counsel

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Male court dress is still worn today as part of the formal dress of judges and Queen's Counsel, and is also worn by certain Lord Mayors, parliamentary officials, and high sheriffs of counties.

Lord mayor

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Male court dress is still worn today as part of the formal dress of judges and Queen's Counsel, and is also worn by certain Lord Mayors, parliamentary officials, and high sheriffs of counties.

High sheriff

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Male court dress is still worn today as part of the formal dress of judges and Queen's Counsel, and is also worn by certain Lord Mayors, parliamentary officials, and high sheriffs of counties.

World War II

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Female court dress was at one time required wear for debutantes being presented at Court, but it ceased regularly to be worn after the Second World War (when afternoon presentations replaced evening Courts).

Westminster Abbey

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Court dress was obligatory in Westminster Abbey for all not wearing official or lordly apparel.

Lining (sewing)

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A new style of court dress, worn from the 1840s, comprised a dark, frequently black, cloth (or silk-velvet) single-breasted dress coat (lined with black silk, except for the tail, which was white), with a stand collar.