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Book Giveaway: Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion

Nov 25, 2013
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Artist Rebel Dandy: Men of Fashion by Kate Irvin & Laurie Anne Brewer

From the museum exhibition titled Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion at the Rhode Island School of Design comes Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion  (Yale University Press, 2013) in book form for those who didn’t make it to the exhibit. The book emphasizes the personalities of the well-known fashionable men of the past and present. When the term “dandy” was first used in London in 1813, it was considered to be someone who is flamboyant, superficial, and self-indulgent, but in the book, a dandy is shown as one who has profound thought and imagination in his self-presentation. He creates an image that challenges the norm of society.

The book is filled with identity, creativity, and self-presentation. Take a look at all the artistic characteristics of dandies from around the world. Over a century of dandies are presented showing their fashion, style, the way they dress, the patterns, colors, and many more interesting details of a dandy!

What do you think is most fascinating about dandies? Leave a comment by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 6, and you could win this book! The winner will be chosen and notified via e-mail during the week of December 9. Good luck to everyone!

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  1. User avater mgrough December 6th

    Fashion well defined, well structured always takes notice and is a joy to view. However, one must be thankful, it is a cloth garment and the real beauty of fashion is seen in the one on whom it adorns, be it in poverty or riches.
    This book may be represented as art in fashion and that would be a blessing.
    Thank you, Marilyn

  2. DavidCoffin December 2nd

    I suspect that the men who all dress the same are mostly as committed to that choice as the ones who want to stand apart. I've rarely met one who actually didn't care what he was wearing!

  3. User avater 2tango December 2nd

    It is always so refreshing to see a man with style and attention to detail, especially a young man who forgoes the jeans, tshirt and baseball cap once in a while

  4. LynnAlexander December 2nd

    I am married to a Dandy, Its hard to dress to go out with him :)

  5. User avater DenaturedH2O December 2nd

    I like "dandies" who don't dress different just to be different, or to challenge norms, but who dress to portray a persona. Like a stage costumer does to emphasize the personality of the character. An outward display of personal awareness.

  6. CrystalPgh December 2nd

    Looks like a swell book.

  7. Wahmom65 December 2nd

    I love that men are able to dress to reflect their own style.

  8. user-1064945 December 1st

    This would be a very interesting book to peruse. My son has reached the age where he likes to look dapper. He is willing to let me try sewing some accessories for him, such as vests and tuxedo accoutrements.

  9. User avater user-1139316 December 1st

    I think the most interesting thing about Dandies is that they really cared about how they looked and wanted to stand out. They weren't afraid to be different from the next guy.

  10. twoclumbers December 1st

    The most fascinating thing about Dandies is the personalities, what drives them and has shaped them to be who they are and so fashion forward thinking. Without them, men's fashion would be nothing more than a plain pinstriped suit.

  11. gmhsews December 1st

    A very interesting read. I'd love to learn more about these men.

  12. Carly_Sue December 1st

    This sounds really interesting…would love to have it to read.

  13. Ms_C December 1st

    Thank goodness--something not about dresses and female finery. Men's fashion is totally fascinating and too often overlooked.

  14. User avater WillaMcNeill December 1st

    Well, that dandy cover of the book is surely appealing. Love the mixed colors and patterns.

  15. sewjazzy December 1st

    This is a great reminder of how self presentation is an interesting art. For men and women.

  16. User avater Cheriezel December 1st

    Dandies are great to see how their clothes set a fashion trend or change a way of thinking!

  17. User avater user-2001249 December 1st

    Dandies, a part of Fashion history.

  18. SueBee256 December 1st

    Dandies have a great sense of color. They wear their clothes with confidence.

  19. MsHem December 1st

    What a great part of fashion history that is often over looked. Many women could take a few pointers from these men.

  20. Tru November 27th

    Finery and the figure, male. Would be nice to see again.

  21. User avater user-1109649 November 26th

    How refreshing to see men who care about how they look!

  22. User avater LuvThreadsMagazine November 26th

    Form fitting clothes, which flatter, and dare I say flaunt a gents curves and contours can be fascinating.

  23. LauriR November 26th

    Seeing men sporting fun and/or great design is a joy! It would be great to see men in this age loosen up and start sporting dandy looks again.

  24. jennieMB November 26th

    That the majority of men all wear the exact same things, it's nice to see men who actually push the fashion barriers. I wish more modern men sported hats and bow ties.

  25. User avater jamaco November 26th

    I love the look of the clothing

  26. User avater Marty_Marie November 25th

    I really love looking at the drawings of dandies.

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