Artist Rebel Dandy
Publisher & Date
Yale University Press in association with Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2013
This book celebrates the pleasures of the sharp dressed man, from the discreet sophistication of the consummately elegant George Bryan Beau Brummell in the early 19th century to the diverse, highly personal flair of the tastemakers who color the landscape of menswear today. Since the word dandy came into vogue in London in 1813, it has at times been used to describe someone superficial, flamboyant, and self-indulgent. Instead, the dandy is here shown to employ profound thought and imagination in his self-presentation, fashioning an image that often challenges the status quo and transcends the ordinary. A series of fascinating essays traces the often contradictory definitions and images of the dandy, the history of young men and their clothes in the long 19th century, the exquisite fabrics and tailoring that play an important role in dandy style, and the relationship of black dandyism and hip-hop. In addition, this book features fifteen musings on notable dandies written by individuals who share a kinship with their subject, including Patti Smith considering Charles Baudelaire; a reflection on Oscar Wilde by his grandson, Merlin Holland; Daniela Morera, formerly part of Andy Warhol's Factory crowd, reminiscing about the artist's image; and writer Philip Hoare describing the thrift-shop dandyism of director John Waters.
Designed by Patrick Seymour, Tsang Seymour
Set in Cheltenham, Officina Serif, and Akzidenz Grotesk type with hand-drawn characters by Tsang Seymour
Photography, except when noted, by Erik Gould
Cover letterpress insert produced by Dan Wood, DWRI Letterpress, Providence, RI
Content edited by Jennifer Liese
Copyedited by Miranda Ottewell
Proofread by David Coen
Printed in Verona, Italy, by Elcograf S.p.A.