The author and publisher Tom Wolfe, who died on Monday during age 88, will be remembered for his impact on a growth of a New Journalism, his matchless — yet oft-imitated — essay impression and his satirical ability to conclude a enlightenment he observed. But a author of such classics as The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of a Vanities will be remembered for something else, too: his suit.
For decades, Wolfe had been famous for wearing an outfit TIME once described as “a heading white fit and vest, a high-necked blue-and-white-striped shirt complemented by a tawny silk necktie.” He competence be held in other outfits — a tux or summer seersucker, or a blue blazer with that he flew underneath a radar while furloughed colleges to collect element for his 2004 novel I Am Charlotte Simmons — but a white fit was essential.
He’s wearing a white fit in his portrait during a National Portrait Gallery, and he’s presumably wearing a white fit in any fan’s mental design of him.
And, as it turns out, a story behind a white fit is essential Wolfe too. In a 1989 QA with TIME’s Bonnie Angelo, Wolfe explained how a demeanour came about:
His happy opinion toward being compared with his wardrobe continued via his life.
In 2008, in a QA with TIME readers, a author — who also described window selling as his primary hobby — took a query about either he ever got sleepy for being famous for a approach he dressed. Quite to a contrary, he answered. “It has finished me so most good. Not prolonged after we published my initial book, we fast found we was terrible during being interviewed,” he said. “But afterwards I’d review a square and it would say, ‘What an engaging man; he wears white suits.’ And so it was a good 10 years where a suits were a surrogate for a personality.”
Although few currently would remember Wolfe as a male but a personality, his regard still binds true: those who write about him can't conflict mentioning a white suits. That he was interesting, however, can be attributed to most some-more than his conform sense.