Beau Brummell is one of 15 of history’s most famous dandies given essay space in the lush coffee-table book Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion, just published by the art museum of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Beau Brummell, equated now with frippery, actually heralded a move to simplicity.
(Mary Evans Picture Library)
Are today’s hip-hop ‘gentlemen’ are cleaning up or selling out? André Benjamin epitomizes the buttoned-up aesthetic of big-name rappers.
(Courtesy Sony Music)
Stephen Tennant, a ninteenth century British aristocrat, was famous for his lavish lifestyle and love of fine clothes.
(1927 portrait by Cecil Beaton, Works of Art Fund, RISD Museum)
The sapeurs of the Congo juxtaposed brightly coloured, dapper suits against a backdrop of endemic poverty.
(Baudouin Mouanda Co urtesy of M.I.A Gallery and RISD Museum)
Reactionaries such as Don Cherry have often been as flamboyant in their dress as gender-transgressors have, busting the notion that dandyism is the sole domain of urban liberals.