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Monday, October 21, 2013

I am Dandy




Some days ago, a friend showed me a freshly received, newly published book from Gestalten. "I am Dandy -  The Return of the Elegant Gentleman" fascinated me. It is fully illustrated with 288 pages crammed with images of gorgeousness - gorgeous people, gorgeous clothing, gorgeous style.... I could not help feature it on this blog which is dedicated to the great appreciators of the finer things in life including art, vintage fashionwear and vintage jewellery.










Is it all about vanity? Certainly not. This fully documented book which includes exceptionally written individual interviews with all the photographed dandies, is the combined work of photographer Rose Callahan and writer Nathaniel Adams who have been exploring.....
..... "the fascinating phenomenon of dandyism over the past years.They visit contemporary dandies in their homes to document their impeccably designed lives in both words and images. Well-kempt to the tips of their beards and wearing three-piece suits with flawlessly folded pocket handkerchiefs and supple kid gloves, their protagonists revive the charm of the past and reveal that cultivated idleness can be incredibly hard work."










The typical dandy was 'born' in the 18th Century in London and Paris. One such dandy was George Bryan "Beau" Brummell who lived in London at the height of the Regency period. He is believed to have taken as long as five hours to complete his daily toilette which was very often witnessed by friends and curious admirers who sat around, toasting him and drinking in his dressing room while he perfected his look.





Dandyism has witnessed a revival in recent years brought on especially by the fad of dressing up in vintagewear and participating in vintage bike and car rides at specialised organised vintage events. 





Photographer:
Rose Callahan is a photographer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from San Francisco, California, Rose made her way to the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in 1999 to pursue photography. In 2008, she began The Dandy Portraits:The Lives of Exquisite Gentlemen Today (which became a blog in 2010) as a personal project to tell the nuanced story of extreme masculine elegance alive today. Rose found that the dandies of today are not a cohesive subculture or creed; rather, each man is a fiercely independent arbiter of what it means to be a gentleman and to live with style.

Writer:
Nathaniel "Natty" Adams is a New York-based writer and manager of the Against Nature menswear atelier. His NYU undergraduate thesis was on 20th Century Dandyism and, as a student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he wrote a book proposal on the history of Dandyism, for which he won the prestigious Lynton Fellowship. Adams used the grant money to travel through America, Europe, and Africa meeting and interviewing the best-dressed men in the world.

Preface writer:
Glenn O’Brien is a writer, editor, and creative director who lives in New York. A member of Andy Warhol’s Factory in his early years, he has worked as an editor at Interview and Rolling Stone, and as creative director at Barneys New York, Island Records, and Calvin Klein. He writes “The Style Guy” column in GQ.


Dandies:

MR GAY TALESE
MR NICK WOOSTER
MR DOMENICO SPANO
MR NICHOLAS FOULKES
MR ROBIN DUTT
MR HAMISH BOWLES
MR EDWARD HAYES
MR BURTON
MR NICK SULLIVAN
MR PAOLO CANEVARI
MR SIMON DOONAN
MR ROBERT W. RICHARDS
MR FYODOR A. PAVLOV
MR MICHAEL “ATTERS” ATTREE
MR RAY FRENSHAM
MR ZAC MACLEOD PINSENT
MR WINSTON CHESTERFIELD
MR BARIMA OWUSU NYANTEKYI
MR SEAN CROWLEY
MR MICKAEL FRANCOIS LOIR
MR THOMAS R. CROWLEY
MR IGNACIO QUILES
MR MINN HUR & MR KEVIN WANG
MR DICKON EDWARDS
MR TONY SYLVESTER
MR ROBERT E. BRYAN
MR MATT FOX & MR ENRIQUE CRAME III
DR ANDRE AND DR KEITH CHURCHWELL
MR CATOR SPARKS
MR DORAN WITTELSBACH
MR HUGO JACOMET
MR DANDY WELLINGTON
MR G. BRUCE BOYER
MR DAVID ZYLA
MR PATRICK MCDONALD
MR CHRISTIAN M. CHENSEVOLD
MR MICHAEL ANDREW
MR RAYMOND CHU
MR JOSE LEMUS
MR GUY HILLS
MR MICHAEL A. SALERNO
MR AMECHI IHENACHO
MR MARC GUYOT
MR MICHAEL DAVIS
MR GUSTAV TEMPLE
MR SVEN RAPHAEL SCHNEIDER
MR JOHNNNY VERCOUTRE
MR PETER MCGOUGH
MR MICHAEL ARENELLA
MR DAVID CARTER
MR IKÉ UDÉ
MR MASSIMILIANO MOCCHIA DI COGGIOLA
MR MICHAEL HAAR
MR VICTOR ALLEN CRAWFORD III
MR ANDREW YAMATO
MR JAMES SHERWOOD

All images are by Rose Callahan from 'I am Dandy - The Return of the Elegant Gentleman', copyright Gestalten, 2013


2 comments:

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

The firt picture! Like everything about it!

Jessica Cangiano said...

My word, this book has captured my attention. I'd not heard of it before, but I certainly won't forget it now. I love it when men rock their own unique, well curated styles (be it a dandy-ish one or otherwise) and will be adding this to my Amazon wish list at once. Thank you very much for the lovely introduction.

Many thanks, too, for your wonderfully nice comment on my 1950s suit post today. It really would be one of those cool "what a small world" moments if that very handbag had been on your etsy wish list, dear lady.

♥ Jessica