Fashioning the Dandy

Fashioning the Dandy

Style and Manners

By Olga Vainshtein
Translated by Sofia Horujaya-Cook

Anthem Studies in Fashion, Dress and Visual Cultures

The book offers a unique view on dandyism as a cultural tradition, based not merely on fashionable attire, but also as a particular lifestyle with specific standards of behaviour, bodily practices and conceptual approaches to dress.

Hardback, 250 Pages

ISBN:9781839984440

April 2023

£80.00, $110.00

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About This Book

Today as in times past, the figure of the dandy evokes the image of a fashionable male who achieves social influence by distinctive elegance in dress and sophisticated self-presentation. The book explores the history of Dandy as a cultural type across Europe and Russia from the eighteenth century through the present day, analysing different manifestations of dandyism from sparse minimalism to opulent richness. Olga Vainshtein offers a unique view on dandyism as a cultural tradition, based not merely on fashionable attire, but also as a particular lifestyle with specific standards of behaviour, bodily practices and conceptual approaches to dress. The dandy is described as the prototypical hero of the modern cult of celebrities. From clubbing manners, the techniques of virtual aristocratism, urban flâneurs and the correct way to examine people, Vainshtein walks us through the optical duels and the techniques of visual assessment at social gatherings. Readers will learn about strategies of subversive behaviour found in practical jokes, the fine art of noble scandal, dry wit, bare-faced impudence and mocking politeness. Vainshtein outlines the principles of dandyism through an examination of strategies of self-fashioning among famous dandies such as George Brummell, Count D’Orsay, Oscar Wilde and Robert de Montesquiou. Looking at dandyism as a nineteenth-century literary movement, Vainshtein examines representation of dandies in fiction. Along the way, the author offers the English-language reader something entirely new: a history of Russian and Soviet dandyism. Finally, a large section is devoted to the dandies of today, including the discussion of African sapeurs.

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Author Information

Olga Vainshtein is a fashion historian. She works at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow.

Series

Anthem Studies in Fashion, Dress and Visual Cultures

Table of Contents

1. Dandy: Introduction; 2. Historical Origins: Alcibiades, the Beaux, Macaroni; 3. George Brummell: Constructing the Legend; 4. Dandyism and Neoclassical Fashion; 5. The Dandy's Body; 6. Manners and Rules; 7. Breaking the Rules; 8. Dandyism and the Strategies of Modernity; 9. Dandyism and Literature; 10. Dandyism in Russia; 11. Dandyism Revisited: From Savile Row Taylors to the Sapeurs.

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