May 15, 2013
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Menswear as an artform has remained tucked away. Rhode Island School of Design’s “Artist/Rebel/Dandy” rectifies some of the oversight.
Bernard Boutet de Monvel
RISD looks at innovative garments worn by men who were once defined by derogatory terms such as “cream puff” or “pantywaist.”
While the slurs and antiquated descriptions have fallen away, the fine craftsmanship and flair of the dandy’s wardrobe have not.
Dandies defined both themselves and their world by ascots and plaid vests. Pictured, a Baudouin Mouanda photo of the Sapeurs de Bacongo.
The RISD exhibit co-curators were looking to create an experience that goes deeper than the threadbare adage “The clothes make the man.”
Modern bespoke suits, classic illustrations, historically important shoes, and current photographs are arranged without regard to era.
Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design
The exhibit’s timeline of dandyism includes a portrait of 18th-century French dandy Auguste Vestris.
Brighton Royal Pavilion and Museums
Andy Warhol has a chance to rub shoulders sartorially with a George (his garment pictured), Prince of Wales.
The common theme throughout is flair and fashion bravery not commonly seen on the street. Pictured, a Tom Medwell photo of Sebastien Horsley.