Why Do Architects Wear Black?

I have yet to do some research about this beautifully shaped cape but I wanted to share it already. It is probably the best neckline I ever saw in a man’s costume. It is so sharp and original in its asymmetry (and the little white button of his shirt on the left brings a subtle balance to the whole). The fact that it is an architect wearing it somehow makes sense, as if the shape of his dress underlines his creative talent. But why do architects ‘still’ wear black?

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Ludger Tom Ring (the Elder), Portrait of an architect, on oak, first half of the 16th Century, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie.

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