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How To Be A Complete Dandy A Little Guide

Stephen Robins

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ISBN 10: 1853754528 / ISBN 13: 9781853754524
Published by TRAFALGAR SQUARE, 2001
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Title: How To Be A Complete Dandy A Little Guide

Publisher: TRAFALGAR SQUARE

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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It's not just about dressing up. From Beau Brummell to Andy Warhol, the dandy is someone who has made his own life, and how he lives it, a work of art. Rebellious in style, cutting wit and decadent antics have always been the dandy's colourful calling cards. Practised by everyone from eccentric lords to street swells, the great dandies rank as some of the most enigmatic, entertaining and quotable personalities in history. This little encyclopedia of quotes and commentaries takes a humorous glance at the whole history of the dandy from ancient Rome and feudal Japan to the Elizabethans with their ruffs, Regency bucks, fin-de-siecle bohemians and the Bright Young Things of the 1920s and 30s. It includes meditations on all the related arts of dandyism and its unique outlook on life including: smoking, drinking, dress and deportment, aspirations, idleness, extravagance, display, decadence, wit, hedonism, narcissism and oh so much more.

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It’s not just about dressing up. It’s an entire way of life. From Beau Brummel to Andy Warhol, the dandy is someone who has made a religion of himself and turned his life into a work of art. Rebellious style, razor–sharp wit, and outrageous antics have always been the dandy’s colorful calling cards. They are the eccentric outsiders who live fast, die young (usually), and make life more interesting for the rest of us. This compendium of quotes and commentaries surveys the complete history of the dandy and his excesses: Restoration Fops (Sir Fopling Flutter), Regency Bucks (Poodle Byng and Romeo Coates), 19th–Century Bohemians and Decadents (lobster–walking poets and absinthe–addled artists), the Edwardians, the Bright Young Things of the 20s and 30s, and the dandy’s recent role as the godfather of pop style and attitude.

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