Introduction of the custom of wearing the “habit vert” by members of the Institute by consular Edict

In response to a desire to have an official dress for the members of the Institute, the Consular Edict of May 13th, 1801 established the wearing of the “habit vert.” In actuality, a black tailcoat whose name is derived from the green and gold olive branches embroidered on the sleeves and collar. The outfit is still worn by members of the Institute during official ceremonies.

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