The typical attire for male Nobles. "People in white dresses and black capes" is how Su-In describes the Nobility. who once lived in her area, and Isabel says girls in the village picture vampires as people in "black capes and long white gowns." Count Magnus Lee, General Gaskell, and the Sacred Ancestor apparently represent the norm by wearing black capes; however, Baron Byron Balazs and Baron Meinster wear blue ones, the Castle Resident a dark green one, Lawrence Valcua wears a gold one and Grand Duke Mehmet wears a multi colored one to match the rest of his clothes.
In Tale of the Dead Town, ARMAGEDDON, and Portrait of Yzobel D is described as waring a cape, although he is usually said to wear a coat. Two of these are short stories written for inclusion in Yoshitaka Amano's art books, so Mr.Kikuchi might have(consciously or unconsciously) written D the was Amano tends to draw him.
The lining of Count Lee's cape is insanely red and glistening. It was stitched together from the skin of women who'd slaked his thirst, and lacquered with their blood. Thanks to secret techniques passed down through the Lee Clan, it's five times as strong as the hardest steel and twenty times more flexible than spider's silk.
Hideyuki Kikuchi's Words on D's AttireEdit
As far as fashion was concerned, I decided to have him in a double-breasted, long coat with high boots and long gloves. I never considered giving him a cape. Putting someone with vampire blood into a black cape would be too easy. Too expected. Therefore I had him in a coat, although in that respect he’s like the handsome hero of one of my other series, Setsura Aki from “Makai Toshi.” Though lacking a longsword, a wide- brimmed traveler’s hat, and a cyborg horse, the man-searcher armed with a mysterious titanium wire that can slice through steel certainly has the same superhuman blood in his veins that D does. However, as readers are no doubt aware, D can’t be mentioned without a black cape springing to mind. This is due to the power of Yoshitaka Amano’s brush. The “coat” in the text was forever altered by one of Mr. Amano’s cover illustrations. The strength of pictures is incredible. Incidentally, the most faithful illustration Mr. Amano has done is the cover to the fourth book, Tale of the Dead Town.