<p>Girls pose at Don Muang Airport for aviators, who visited Thailand for the 1921 <i>National Geographic </i>story, “From London to Australia by Aëroplane: A Personal Narrative of the First Aërial Voyage Half Around the World.”</p>

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Girls pose at Don Muang Airport for aviators, who visited Thailand for the 1921 National Geographic story, “From London to Australia by Aëroplane: A Personal Narrative of the First Aërial Voyage Half Around the World.”

Photography by Theodore Macklin, National Geographic

15 Pictures of Traditional Dress Around the World

Carnival-goers wear powdered wigs, a couple performs a courtship dance, and a rodeo clown relaxes in this collection from our archives.

Around the world, traditional dress serves a variety of purposes. Whether it’s a way of remembering your ancestors, performing a religious ceremony, or marking an important event, almost every culture has types of clothing that carry more meaning than others (think wedding dresses, or the Shriner fez).

To give a sense of the variety and history of ceremonial and cultural clothing, here are pictures from 1913 to today.

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