The photograph of the man above caught my attention because I love the coordination of the jacket, shirt, tie, handkerchief, hat, and especially the shoes with those plaid pants (the beard, not so much). The photograph is part of an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Photography from April 6 to July 12, 2015 called Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity.
While you listen to two recordings about Black Dandyism featuring Monica L. Miller, author of Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity, you can view images of Dandies from across the web, below: Broadcast link – Story link.
A dandy (also known as a beau or gallant) is a man who places particular importance upon physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies, pursued with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of Self.
For example, most of Oscar Wilde’s plays contain dandies, and Oscar Wilde himself is perhaps the most famous example of a dandy.
– Urban Dictionary
These beings have no other profession than to cultivate the idea of beauty in their person, to satisfy their passions, to feel and to think.
– Charles Baudelaire on Dandies and Dandyism
Dandy: A man who affects extreme elegance in clothes and manners; a fop
– The Free Dictionary by Farlex
Video: Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top