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Q: Tom Wolfe and his white suit. What fabric(s)? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Tom Wolfe and his white suit. What fabric(s)?
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: bisonbison-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 18 Jul 2005 13:43 PDT
Expires: 17 Aug 2005 13:43 PDT
Question ID: 545008
Tom Wolfe, author of The Right Stuff and other such books, is often
seen in his white suit, his 'trademark' white suit, his white suit and
matching hat and umbrella blah blah blah.

What I want to know is what the suit is made of.

If there are multiple suits, then I guess I'd just like to know the
fabric(s) of the suit in which he appeared on the Time magazine cover
around the release of 'A Man in Full'.

A tip of at least one dollar is waiting for whoever unearths this
rather life-shattering info.
Subject: Re: Tom Wolfe and his white suit. What fabric(s)?
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 18 Jul 2005 22:47 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello bisonbison,

I feel confident that his suits are made of flannel.  While the
article cited by pinkfreud mentions a "silk dinner jacket, also
white," both this article and two others refer to flannel as the suit

- "A white flannel suit"

Google cache of "The man makes the clothes," by Enrique Fernandez (Nov. 12, 2004)
The Miami Herald

- "Immaculate in white flannel"

Google cache of "The man in white comes to our town," by Enrique
Fernandez (Nov. 12, 2004)
The Miami Herald

- "There are the photographs adorning the walls of Mr. Wolfe dressed
dapperly in a three-piece flannel suit"

"Tom Wolfe's Tailor: A Man in Full Mastery," by Steven Kurutz (Nov. 28, 2004)
The New York Times

- justaskscott

Search strategy --

After trying various searches (for example: "tom wolfe" "white *
suit"), which simply led me to the same article found by pinkfreud, I
searched on Google for:

"tom wolfe" vincent nicolosi
bisonbison-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00

Subject: Re: Tom Wolfe and his white suit. What fabric(s)?
From: pinkfreud-ga on 18 Jul 2005 13:57 PDT
Some sites say white flannel, while others say white linen:



Both flannel and silk are mentioned by Wolfe's tailor:

I was not able to learn the specifics of the suit on the Time magazine
cover. I hope another Researcher will be able to help.

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