ALICANTE city issued a strict dress code for Holy Week processions.
The rules apply not to the robed penitents but the black-clad women also belonging to the city’s 28 brotherhoods.
Fashion is creeping in and some dress unsuitably, said Alberto Paya, president of the city’s Board of Brotherhoods.
Hems must now be on the knee or longer and dresses cannot be too close-fitting. They should be made from closely-woven material with all-over lace, clinging or transparent fabrics vetoed.
Necklines can be round, square, boat-shaped or vee-shaped but without displaying a millimetre of cleavage. Fishnets, light-coloured stockings and long gloves instead of acceptable short gloves are barred. Hair should be worn in a low bun and only the classic high peineta used to fix the long lace mantilla. Makeup must be discreet “with scarlet lipstick left for more festive moments,” the rulebook says.
A silver pendant or a cross-and-chain are permissible but only one strand of pearls may be worn while earrings should be inconspicuous and hoops are outlawed.
Those failing to comply could be barred, Paya said. “It’s painful to tell a woman that she cannot take part in a procession but there has to be respect and dignity,” he added. “We want the best for Holy Week.”