Why do we “dress up” for ceremonial occasions?
Most of us distinguish between our “everyday” clothing and the clothing that we put on for special or formal occasions, such as religious services, weddings, proms, or award ceremonies. We might “dress up” in order to show the honor and respect demanded of a particular activity or because these are community affairs and we want to appear at our best when seen by others. Whatever the case, by donning attire that is more beautiful, more expensive, more extraordinary, we step out of our daily routines, facilitating our own
participation in out-of-the-ordinary events. As this British court dress and Turkmen chyrpy demonstrate, the concept of “ceremonial” garb translates across both cultures and historical eras.