Celebrating 250 years of male self-expression, investigating the portraiture and wardrobe of the fashionable British man
The style of the dandy is elegant but bold—dedicated to the perfection of taste. This meticulously choreographed look has a vibrant history; the legacy of Beau Brummell, the original dandy of Regency England, can be traced in the clothing of urban dandies today. Dandy Style celebrates 250 years of male self-expression, investigating the portraiture and wardrobe of the fashionable British man. Combining fashion, art, and photography, the historic and the contemporary, the provocative and the respectable, it considers key themes in the development of male style and identity, including elegance, uniformity, and spectacle. Various types of dandy are represented by iconic figures such as Oscar Wilde, Edward VIII as Prince of Wales, and Gilbert & George. They appear alongside the seminal designs of Vivienne Westwood, Ozwald Boateng, and Alexander McQueen; and portraits by Thomas Gainsborough and David Hockney.
Published in association with Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Art Gallery (October 8, 2022–May 1, 2023)
Shaun Cole is associate professor in fashion at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Miles Lambert is curator of costume at Manchester Art Gallery.
“Fashionistas will pore over the archive illustrations in Dandy Style, including many gorgeous close-ups of detailed embroidery and tailoring.”—Rana Foroohar, Financial Times, “Best Books of the Week”
“This book does not aim to offer a chronological history of 250 years of menswear, rather an exploration of topics and methodologies, offering the reader a range of approaches and an invitation to think about menswear as a serious topic of investigation, as the product of social, economic and cultural factors.”—Rachel Church, Journal of Dress History
“Supersedes previous books on the subject in a fabulous celebration of 250 years of male self-expression, reinvention and sartorial creativity”—Embroidery Magazine
“Bursts at the seams...with rich background and visual material, the latter establishing and also tentatively inviting historical associations”—Gareth Wyn Davies, World of Interiors
“A welcome addition to any elegant gentleman’s library...In a series of photographs, engravings and plates, Dandy Style explores the visual luxe of the Dandy.”—Robin Dutt, Savile Row Style
“With copious illustrations and photographs, [the book] charts the progress of male self-expression down the centuries, covering the life stories of men’s clothes, why they still wear suits, men’s style and subversion and the sheer extravagance of wealthy male clothing in the 18th century.”—Deirdre McQuillan, Irish Times Weekend
“[An] excellent contribution to the history of British men's fashion…Shaun Cole and Miles Lambert have elegantly traced this history through their book and exhibition catalogue by giving the kind of detailed, considered attention to men's style and dress that unfortunately is still unusual.”—Danielle Sprecher, Costume
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