1907: England’s Best-Dressed Man Is a Pretty Little Woman, And She’s Here to Dictate Fashions to the Men of New York
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Some of Hetty King’s rules for evening attire from the article:
"Wear black bone buttons on your white evening vest.
Wear a white corded or black bow tie.
For a top coat, wear a tight-fitting black cloth, slightly belied as to shape, reaching to the knees.
Whatever you do, don’t—please don’t—offend Miss King by wearing inharmonious ties.
'The swell dresser never wears a loud tie or loud hose,' says the Johnnies' fashion plate, 'though I must confess there is a certain latitude in this on account of a diversity of tastes. I always prefer a black silk tie when possible.'”
"Miss King carries a white elephant with her in the form of a walking stick. The handle is awhite ivory elephant set with forty-five jewels, fourteen of which are diamonds. The stick was given to her and it is insured for $100.
'You know it is absolutely necessary to carry a swagger stick,' said Miss King seriously.”
~From The evening world. (New York, N.Y.), 04 Oct. 1907. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.