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Old 05-02-2019, 09:59 AM
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Maybe it is a language misunderstanding,. Under a Court Dress I understand a prescribed model dress, for an example for the Swedish State Opening of Parliament before 1976. But Empress Michiko has been seen in black, yellow, gold, purple, red, crème, grey, white, with bare arms, with short sleeves, with long sleeves, etc.


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Old 05-02-2019, 12:46 PM
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Fashion perfection from the new Empress!
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I think we are using the terminology differently, Duc_et_Pair. The photo you are showing is for a tiara event, which the original photo we were discussing was not. When the Imperial ladies appear at the Japanese court for most daytime events, they are wearing long day dresses in luxurious fabrics (which seem to sometimes be passed around rather than being personally owned)which they wear with hats, gloves, and carrying fans in a prescribed manner. There are also tiara events where you are more likely to see short sleeves with long gloves and the fans--clearly evening dress. Both are court dress because they are following fairly rigid rules about what can be worn, how it can be worn, and with what accessories. On the other hand, when they appear on the balcony for birthday or New Year's greetings, they will be wearing short dresses or suits with hats, usually again with fans and carrying gloves. Again, all very prescribed.

Edited to add: For those events where long dresses with hats are worn, the only Imperial lady who will not be wearing a hat is the Empress, since she is (theoretically) in her own home and does not need to wear a hat.
Interesting. Court dress that is luxurious but according to rigidly prescribed rules seems to strike a dignified balance between pomp and ceremony and the need to eschew the optics of extravagance and celebrity-style fashion.
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Old 05-04-2019, 04:20 AM
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Empress Masako in yellow for the general public greeting on May 4

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Old 05-04-2019, 08:05 AM
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A beautiful golden yellow silk outfit with sun-burst embroidery - perfect for an Empress!
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Old 05-04-2019, 08:14 AM
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The yellow silk combination is fantastic, it suits her so well!

It's so warm, positive and sign of a new spring-like beginning!
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Old 05-04-2019, 08:40 AM
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Empress Masako looks gorgeous. What a beautiful and symbolic dress. It's so lovely to see her in something new, and that suits her so well!

All the Imperial ladies look wonderful today.
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Audience with the departing Chinese Ambassador to Japan and his wife on May 9:

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Old 05-11-2019, 01:08 AM
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Lovely suit, though I cannot claim to be a big fan of the hat.
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Old 05-11-2019, 04:14 AM
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A nice traditional outfit.
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Old 05-22-2019, 02:49 AM
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Empress Masako at the Japanese Red Cross Society annual meeting on May 22:

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Elegant, and she seems to enjoy herself.
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Old 05-22-2019, 03:06 AM
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An elegant white suit.
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:52 AM
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Masako looks lovely, it's nice to see her looking so well and able to fulfill this responsibility.
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:26 AM
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She looks great-she wears white really well!
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:32 AM
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Masako looks fabulous!
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Very elegant"!
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Old 05-26-2019, 10:40 PM
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Empress Masako at the US state visit welcome ceremony on May 27:

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Very chic!!

At the night banquet also very chic!


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Old 05-27-2019, 11:21 AM
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I'm neutral on the suit the Empress wore for the official welcome. It's appropriate, but not especially flattering or elegant.

The gown for the banquet is another matter! Masako looks elegant, regal, and very, very lovely. Her hair is especially becoming.
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