origin: French, meaning ‘crop of a bird’.
noun: an ornamental frill or ruffle on the front of a shirt or blouse, typically made of lace. Worn by men and women for centuries, today integral to the iconic image of Marlene Dietrich and Prince.
The Jabot is a decorative clothing accessory consisting of lace or other fabric falling from the throat, suspended from or attached to a neckband or collar; or simply pinned at the throat. It evolved from the frilling or ruffles decorating the front of a man’s shirt from around 1650, denoting class and wealth.
Johnnie: As worn by John Malkovich, exploring sexual peccadillos amongst the aristocracy in pre-revolutionary France, as the villainous Vicomte de Valmont in Dangerous Liasions (1988).
Jeweled: Victorian women began to wear the jabot as a decorative item to their dress in the late 19th century. Lace was a prized adornment, a jabot meant prestige and standing. Styled as cambric or lace bib, the lady jabot was held in place at the neck with a brooch or a sewn-on neckband.
Jacobite: One of the most distinctive national costumes the Scottish Highland dress has been worn for centuries. Hard-wearing, clan-defining , pride-bearing it usually consists of kilt, trews, waistcoat, sporran, ghillie brogues and jabot. Modeled here by Sean Connery.
Judidical: Jabots are worn as white bibs by judges in Germany, Australia, France and America (and the speaker of the House of Commons, remember Betty Bothroyd). In recent times most famously by Ruth Bader Ginsburg who accessories her traditional black robes with collars from her extensive collection; often chose to represent the day’s cases.
Jazzed up: From Bally to Chanel to Marc Jacobs, haute couture has been reinventing the jabot for a more contemporary look;
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