“Show me a dandy and I’ll show you a hero.”

Some images, websites, and thoughts I came across while I was contemplating dandyism this weekend:

Les Manteaux, published in Gazette du Bon Ton (vol. 12), 1913. Bernard Boutet de Monvel, illustrator.

“It is a kind of cult of the ego which can still survive the pursuit of that form of happiness to be found in others, in woman for example; which can even survive what are called illusions. It is the pleasure of causing surprise in others, and the proud satisfaction of never showing any oneself. A dandy may be blasé, he may even suffer pain, but in the latter case he will keep smiling, like the Spartan under the bite of the fox.”— Charles Baudelaire, From “The Painter of Modern Life,” 1863

London Dandy; The Squire of Alsatia; Cries of London, Johann Joachim Kändler, Meissen porcelain factory, 1754, The Victoria and Albert Museum, C.124-1940
The Fashionable Mirror addressed to the Man of Mode, Print by William Dent, 1786, British Museum, 1948,0214.573
American, Coat worn by Edward Carrington, ca. 1820, Wool broadcloth with silk velvet collar and gilt brass buttons, Rhode Island School of Design
American, Coat worn by Edward Carrington, ca. 1820, Wool broadcloth with silk velvet collar and gilt brass buttons, Rhode Island School of Design
The actor Sir Herbert Beebohm Tree (1853-1917) as the Count D’Orsay in The Last of the Dandies, c. 1890, © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS
Robert de Montesquiou, portrait by Giovanni Boldini, 1897, Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
Rupert Lycett-Green in Neo-Edwardian dress, 1965
London, England (made) Wedding Suit, Mr Fish (maker and retailer),1967, Wool and synthetic fabrics, machine sewn and hand finished, T.30:1, 2-2010 “Charles Lucas wore this light grey cloth suit with a white satin cravat for his marriage to Antoinette von Westenholz on 9 November 1967.”—Victoria and Albert website
David Bowie's suit, 1972, David Burretti ©The David Bowie Archive
David Bowie’s suit, 1972, David Burretti ©The David Bowie Archive
Jean Paul Gaultier, Fall 2012, Couture

 

John Varvatos, Autumn/Winter 2013

“You can call this a “peacock complex”—I approve of that. Show me a dandy and I’ll show you a hero, as Baudelaire said…And in the nineteenth century it was more…They’re the aristocracy of elegance. It’s the leather, it’s the placement of the gold embroidery, the small casques with one egret feather; the tasseled boots, the sables…They have the real absurdity of style.”—Diana Vreeland, D.V. p. 181

Check out these exhibit sites and other dandytastic sites:

Les Sapeurs

Here are links to additional information about the Sape, the dandy phenomenon in the two Congos:

You may also be interested in this article about the Herero of Namibia, who transformed the dress imposed on them by German colonial forces into a distinctive style: http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2013/03/01/jim_naughten_documenting_the_herero_tribe_of_namibia_and_its_20th_century.html

Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion


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http://risdmuseum.org/art_design/exhibitions/artist_rebel_dandy_men_of_fashion.

It’s a shame that we all missed this exhibition at RISD, since it seems that men’s fashion is often neglected. I also recommend you check out the Related Notes to the right of the page.