Pictures of a dickie. Barnsley, Yorkshire -
Cloth dickeys are also often used in marching band uniforms.
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Unlike traditional cloth shirt-fronts, they remained sleek, bright white, and did not wilt or wrinkle.
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For this reason, they were popular with entertainersmusiciansand other performers.
The etymology can be attributed to Cockney rhyming slang where a "dicky dirt" is a shirt.
One component of this layering was a dicky style shirt that was heavily embroidered to cover the chest if the woman's outer dress was low cut.