Posted 06 February 2011 - 10:01 PM
I can see a difference between black and midnight, really. I don't see black as greenish, but usually with yellow light (usual 3200K electric lightening), it appears like a very dark grey, while midnight is deep dark. In the Formal book from Dugdale, I spoted Midnight because it was blacker than the black, even in day light. But usually, it is just a very dark navy, which look blue in the sun, and black indeed in the artificial light (while lighter navy still look blue).
I also think that a dark blue for evening cloth can be stunning. But it difficult to match silk for lapels, because against black silk, the coat does look blue, not black like midnight. I have to try midnight grosgrain from RJW.
I have to say too that cloth today are not what they used to be. I made some dinner trousers for a customer, to match the dinner coat he has from his grandfather. The coat was made in 1960, in a heavy barathea, with a very very dense weave, making very small "pebbles". I came with a dozen samples of black barathea, none of them really matched : place against the coat, they all looked shiny, and thus dark grey, while the coat itself did not reflect any light at all. Black and blacker. Since then, I've looked at black barathea every time I have an opportunity, I've never seen anything like this 50 years old one.
Lightening too has changed. In France, the usual filament lamps are getting banned, and replaced by low-energy lamps. LED is more and more common. The new lamps do not give the same light, and it changes perception of colour.