Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Dandy (or the reformation of the vulgar, champagne, and the dyingof a self-made species) - Cristina Recommends

The Dandy

...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
Who was the first dandy in history?

[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....]

The New Yorker: sophisticated, educated, and capable of wit. New Yorker, is not a fashion magazine. Why then is using the image of a dandy as an all times stamp? Dandy are the ideas.

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.