Originally Posted by Film_Noir_Buff
Interesting if only Becasue the Duke Of Windsor wore midnight blue barathea tails. I would get them in midnight blue.
Yes, I am aware that he introduced the style and I know the general justification given (midnight blue "blacker than black" under artificial light).
I don't claim to be a specialist. My first point would be that I cannot recollect ever seeing midnight tails in person or in photo, except a photo of the Duke's wardrobe, so I guess they would seem odd to me.
Also, with the midnight DJ's I have seen I could still make out the blue overtones under most lights. Maybe modern artificial light is different than it was in the 30's ? Anyway I could accept that with a semi-formal attire like DJ but that would strike me as improper with a completely formal attire. Anything that could mar the simple black&white elegance of the suit I would steer away from.