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5/5 Susanna Frankel recalls a brilliant white shirt on the cover of an LP by Patti Smith.
4/5 Antonia Quirke on the coat worn by Richard Burton in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.
3/5 Writer Michael Bracewell discusses Jay Gatsby's suit in the novel The Great Gatsby.
2/5 Daisy Goodwin on diamonds in a portrait of Empress Elizabeth of Austria by Winterhalter.
1/5 Julian Barnes on an unforgettable hat in Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary.