Costume de rigueur

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The term "costume de rigueur"[p] (from French language) refers to a strict dresscode for the attire worn at a special event or in a particular venue. It is commonly used in invitations to a bal masque for the Mardi Gras in Mobile (Alabama)[1][2] or New Orleans Mardi Gras (Louisiana) in the U.S. However, the term is also used to describe any rigorous style of attire as worn. As a phrase adapted from French, the term "costume de rigueur" is not italicized in typical usage, although still used in French language.

For Mardi Gras balls[edit]

For over 100 years, at a formal bal masque during Mardi Gras celebrations in the U.S., the stipulation of "costume de rigueur" means that men are required[1] to wear white tie and tails (with white bow tie), or women should wear a full-length evening gown.[2]

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References[edit]

  [p] - The term "costume de rigueur" is typically pronounced as "Cos-toom Day Rig-ger" rather than
          in the formal French style.

  1. ^ a b "Mardi Gras Terminology", Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2009, webpage: MG-terms.
  2. ^ a b "Le Krewe de Bienville", KrewedeBienville.com, 2011, web: KbD.
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