Costume de rigueur

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The term "costume de rigueur" (from French language) refers to a strict formal dresscode for the attire worn at a special event or in a particular venue. It is commonly used in invitations to a masquerade ball for the Mardi Gras in Mobile (Alabama)[1][2] or New Orleans Mardi Gras (Louisiana) in the United States. 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.

At a formal masquerade ball during Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States, the stipulation of "costume de rigueur" means that men are required[1] to wear white tie and black tails (with white bow tie), and women should wear a full-length evening gown.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Mardi Gras Terminology", Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2009, webpage: MG-terms Archived 2007-12-09 at the Wayback Machine..
  2. ^ a b "Le Krewe de Bienville",, 2011, web: KbD.