fancy dress

a costume for a ball, masquerade, etc., chosen to please the fancy, usually a costume characteristic of a particular period or place, class of persons, or historical or fictitious character.

1760–70 Unabridged
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fancy dress
a.  costume worn at masquerades, etc, usually representing a particular role, historical figure, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a fancy-dress ball

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Example sentences
To prolong the flight some have turned to fancy dress.
Far too many literary adaptations wear the fancy dress of high culture prestige
  or bind themselves into corsets of reverence.
Freddie was uncomfortable in her fancy dress, wishing she was wearing her usual
  old blue jeans.
The woven fabric imparts the essential character to the headband, which is a
  well made item of fancy dress.
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