State portrait of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, showing the coronation regalia atop a full dress military uniform

Ceremonial dress is clothing worn for very special occasions, such as coronations, graduations, parades, religious rites, trials and other important events. In the western dress code hierarchy of dress codes, ceremonial dress is often considered one of the most formal, in other cultures ceremonial dresses vary widely having entirely different meanings, and styles.


There has been documented knowledge on the effects of ceremonial clothing, with those wearing ceremonial clothing have been used to denote a wide range of usage among varying unique cultures.[1] Examples of ceremonial dress include:

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  1. ^ Driscoll-Engelstad, Bernadette (2005). "Dance of the Loon: Symbolism and Continuity in Copper Inuit Ceremonial Clothing" (PDF). Arctic Anthropology. 42 (1): 33–46. doi:10.1353/arc.2011.0010. JSTOR 40316636. S2CID 162200500.