New York Herald

1907: February 15


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Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) has had made for him a suit of white evening clothes of white broadcloth, as immaculate as newly fallen snow. The buttons are covered with the same material. When he arrays himself he will undoubtedly wear with the suit white enameled leather shoes. The genial humorist has long been in rebellion against the sombre clawhammer effects borrowed from the court of France.

Mr. Clemens has decided that his new evening wear shall be supplemented by a long Spanish cloak which can be thrown over the shoulder. Such garments were worn by grandees and cavaliers.

This broadcloth is of a soft finish. The suit was cut in strict accordance with the prevailing mode. The coat is lined throughout with white silk, and the lapels are faced with the same material. The collar is of cloth, for it was thought that white velvet, which was permissible, would easily become soiled. The coat is adorned with three white buttons in front and two at the back. The waistcoat, which has three buttons, is of the same material as the coat. Its only ornamentation is a white zig zag embroidery around the edges. The trousers have a white silk braid down the outside seams.

Mr. Clemens was not fond of black silk hats, and with his new white suit he will probably wear a gray Fedora. He has also a new light gray overcoat.

Mr. Clemens announced a year ago that he would henceforth wear white because it corresponded to the original costume mentioned in "Adam's Diary." After publicly pleading guilty to a seventieth birthday not long ago, he said he considered himself about old enough now to wear what he pleased.

Care of all his white wardrobe, which consists of fifteen suits, is no easy task for the humorist. He is obliged to send two of them to the cleaner every week. He sent word yesterday evening that he was too busy to discuss from an aesthetical point of view the reasons for his sartorial innovation.

News of the new style spread rapidly among builders of clothes. Several of them said they were glad to know Mr. Clemens had had the courage to break away from the usage that made uncompromising black the only wear for men after six o'clock in the evening. They also said the Spanish cloak was a great improvement over the usual type of cape overcoat. Young's tailors said they had the suit fashioned for Mr. Clemens and that it was the first of the kind.