Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s first full appearance came in You Only Live Twice with Donald Pleasence‘s cartoon-like portrayal. Besides the bald head, scarred face and white cat, Pleasence’s Blofeld is also known for his Mao suit. The Mao suit represents the West’s biggest enemy at the time, communism, and it labels Blofeld as the enemy even though SPECTRE is not a communist organization. Blofeld’s tan cavalry twill wool Mao suit is tailored much like a western suit with structured shoulders and a structured chest, and it’s closely fitted through the body. Unlike typical Mao suits, Blofeld’s jacket only has two pockets instead of four. The pockets are patch pockets with button-flaps, but the buttons are left undone. The jacket has five buttons on the front, a turn-down collar with a hook and eye to close it at the top and a single vent at the back. The trousers have a narrow leg and plain bottoms.
Underneath the jacket, Blofeld wears a white-on-white stripe shirt with double cuffs. The sleeves and cuffs are the only part of the shirt made for this outfit, and Frank Foster made the sleeves. The double cuff shirt underneath the Mao suit tells us that Blofeld has not entirely aligned himself with the East.
His shoes are medium brown with a flat plain toe and narrow elastic side gores. The fashionable shoes are a little taller than the typical shoe, but not quite tall enough to call short boots.
One example of this suit’s jacket was sold at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on 17 November 2005 for £25,200. According to the listing, M. Berman Ltd. made the jacket for Donald Pleasence.