...he protested that certain foods were too coarse for his palate: asked if he never tasted vegetables, "Madam, " he answered, "I once ate a pea." (All Excerpts from The Dandy, by Ellen Moers - my summer read recommendation)
|George Bryan "Beau" Brummell - the birth of dandy|
[A small interruption: my favorite dandies of all times (aside from Oscar Wilde, though he was more of a flâneur than a dandy) are
#1 David Bowie
#2 Andy Warhol
#3 Mick Jagger
And, of course, Karl Lagerfeld....]
His view on the World at large
Obviously, the old dandy transformed, but does it still exists?
There are so many blogs with Dandy in the name, mostly about fashionable men, though Dandyism is all about fashion, but lacking the cult of personality. Brummell was a self made man. By dismissing of his roots, he was able to shape a new identity on a a blank canvas. He said that his dad was a nobody (though he was somebody) so the family would not reflect on him in any way. He did not disclose labels. Everything looked perfect on him because of his mastery, his style, his tediousness; not because a designer made it. Brummell's fashion was a way of expression his persona. Accusing him for a too relaxed collar,as opposed to a stiff one ('stiffness' was the only acceptable way), would have been wrong. The right way to put it would have been to say that he was too relaxed as in individual. Another way to put it is that he did not pursue fashion for the sake of fashion.