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British Dandies: Engendering Scandal and Fashioning a Nation

British Dandies: Engendering Scandal and Fashioning a Nation

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British Dandies: Engendering Scandal and Fashioning a Nation

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Dominic Janes. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 2022.

182 pp. Moderately Illustrated (some col.). 24 x 17 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9781851245598

Well-dressed men have played a distinctive part in the cultural and political life of Britain over several centuries. But unlike the twenty-first-century hipster, the British dandies provoked intense degrees of fascination and horror in their homeland and played an important role in British society from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. This book explores that social and cultural history through a focus on three Figures: the macaroni, the dandy, and the aesthete. The first was noted for his flamboyance, the second for his austere perfectionism, and the third for his perversity. All were highly controversial in their time, pioneering new ways of displaying and performing gender, as demonstrated by the impact of key figures such as Lord Hervey, George “Beau” Brummell, and Oscar Wilde. Illustrated with contemporary prints, portraits, and caricatures, this groundbreaking study tells the fascinating—and scandalous—story of fashionable men and their clothes.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- Great Britain -- 1600-1800 ; 1800-1900 -- Costume/Fashion -- Decorative Arts and Design --

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