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It was only in 1853 that the New York city police adopted a blue frock coat with brass buttons, and a peaked cap, replaced by a tall helmet in the 1880s. Maybrick spent fifteen years in prison for poisoning her husband, though she claimed she was innocent. She described the prison haircut in her autobiography: “The warder ... ” Prisoners When convicted prisoners entered a Victorian prison, the first thing they had to do was to surrender their clothes and put on a prison uniform. This included a badge with a number, which would be the prisoner’s name while serving the sentence.
Wilde was mocked in the newspapers and found few imitators. His clothes were seen as effeminate (unmanly). Rational Dress In 1881 two Englishwomen, Mrs. Emily King and Viscountess Harberton, formed the Rational Dress Society, dedicated to making women dress in a rational, or sensible, way. Each issue of the society’s monthly gazette began with this statement: “The Rational Dress Society protests against the introduction of any fashion in dress that either deforms the figure, impedes the movements of the body, or in any way tends to injure the health.
This was a sign of respectability which made a policeman stand out in working-class areas where nobody else wore them. The Judges and Wigs British judges wore white horsehair wigs and long red and white gowns, clothing which dates back to the seventeenth century. The purpose of this deliberately old-fashioned dress was to make the judge appear as a representative of a long legal tradition. Wigs were thought to give a judge a dignified and solemn appearance. 40 Working Clothes problem with top hats was that they gave no protection in a fight, and were easy to knock off with a stone or a brick.