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Official dress
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Official dress, or the clothing worn by specific groups of men who held positions of authority in secular society, gradually developed a standardised form in the 14th and 15th centuries in the British Isles. This entry will focus on the official clothing worn by three groups of individuals: mayors and other important civic officials involved in local government, officials working in Edward III’s government in Ireland and the members of the legal profession. This official dress developed in parallel with the evolution of household livery. Wearing this official dress was intended…

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Maria Hayward, “Official dress”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 30 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_483>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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