WOULD YOU CONSIDER the term “dandy” a compliment? The Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design votes yes with its new exhibition, “Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion,’’ opening this Sunday. The wide-ranging show explores the psyche of the sartorial-minded male through the last two centuries, suggesting that nonconformity and meticulousness of dress are something to be celebrated and admired. The umbrella theme is the power of clothing and fine craftsmanship, with photos illustrating some of the personalities behind the distinctive garments on display.
RISD’s fashion proposition is something many men now embrace, even if the more out-there trends can mystify: blazers with shorts, Thom Browne’s ankle-baring trousers, and leather skirts over harem pants (thanks, Kanye!).