More than for his literary accomplishment, Truman Capote is also reputed for showing incredibly exquisite taste for glasses and frames.
Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1924 in a family where neither of his parents were interested in bringing him up.Thus, he ended up with his four elderly unmarried cousins in Alabama. A gifted and lonely, Truman started writing fiction at age of eleven.
In 1933, Truman became a citizen of New York, when he moved there to live with his mother and her second husband. The boy attended a number of private schools.
By the age of 24, Capote has joined the exclusive club of celebrities and he spent most of his life surrounding himself with the rich, the famous and the beautiful.
After the success of his first novel ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’ (1948), Truman Capote went to live in France, Italy, Switzerland and Greece.
Mr. Capote's most famous but by no means best work, the novella, Breakfast at Tiffany's, has never been out of print since it was first published to considerable acclaim in 1958.
After ‘In Cold Blood’ (1965) became an instant bestseller, Capote bought himself an apartment in New York’s United Nations Plaza - a fashionable place to live at that time.
Capote's greatest gift to the world of fashion is undoubtedly his 1966 black and white ball, a party still considered more legendary than legendary. He loved parties.
On November 28th, 1966 Truman Capote threw a party of a lifetime: the Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel. Frank Sinatra and Gloria Vanderbilt, Andy Warhol and Lauren Bacall - figures from Broadway and Hollywood, European aristocracy and New York magnates, novelists and poets, Capote’s friends from New Orleans and Alabama came together on the night.
He was was the king of his world, amazingly pairing off a tailored tuxedo and a mask that cost only 39 cents.
Inspired by My Fair Lady’s breathtaking Ascot scene, costumed by Cecil Beaton entirely in black and white, Truman Capote restricted his guests’ attire to this most severe of palettes.
“In honor of Mrs. Katharine Graham / Mr. Truman Capote / requests the pleasure of your company / at a Black and White Dance / on Monday, the twenty-eighth of November / at ten o’clock / Grand Ballroom, The Plaza / DRESS Gentlemen: Black tie; Black mask. Ladies: Black or White dress; White mask; fan. R.S.V.P. Miss Elizabeth Davis, 465 Park Avenue, New York.”
Individual style is what distinguishes one author from another. The previous statement is a consideration that is naturally applied to text, but at times is true of the writer as well.
With his bizarre speech inflections, Capote was a memorable person and he dressed for the role he had made for himself in a wide range of ways - half Ivy League, half Southern gentleman.
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In his closet you could find: tuxedos and chalk-stripe suits, Fair Isle sweaters, polo shirts, cardigans, Prince Albert slipper, tweed topcoats. Signature accessories: bow ties, Panama hats, alligator leather watch strap and thick framed eyeglasses which unfailingly express a sense of intelligence and erudition.
'Style is what you are' - Truman Capote
If you want to pay tribute to such a literary master and show your admiration for both his artistry and his fashion taste, you might as well choose a pair of Truman Capote eyeglasses. It will definitely be worth your while.
More than his literary accomplishment, he is also memorized and reputed for showing incredibly exquisite taste for glasses and sunglasses. A man who raised his own sartorial taste to an art form unto itself, Truman Capote’s eyewear choices were very versatile: from thick angular frames, to shiny metallic rounds and even acetate aviators.
The American author was a true dandy, an exuberant STYLE EYECON!
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