For A Working Class With Class
So goes the motto of the style site The Worker-Dandyist International, a blog devoted to, “…define our Dandyism, in essence, as simply making as much of an effort as possible with the limited resources available. An effort in sartorial flair and individuality, an effort in civility, social responsibility and courtesy, and an effort in communal culture, welfare and hedonism.”
While their slightly strident pairing of dandyism with more traditional class struggle imagery and jargon (read classic, small ‘c’ communist) may feel a little limiting and not be everyone’s cup of tea, the relating of political awareness and action is of the same sort that I discussed in my post on the political expression of dandyism that has occurred across cultures over the past several hundred years and how it subtly challenges the status quo.
The blog injects a playful mix of commentary and even has a clever Manifesto of their own! Their recent post about Che Guevara is fantastic! For proof of the link between being well-presented and being a revolutionary they include the lesser known picture of Che:
They also have a clever variety of propaganda images for download to add to your website. Their use of design and intelligent humour makes the more clunky dogma quite palatable!
So a tip of my North American equivalent to the Mao cap and the Che beret, the Bogart Fedora! This still is a shot from his character Paul Fabrini in the movie detailing the high cost truckers pay for the long sleepless nights they had to endure before the days of the Teamsters, They Drive By Night. See you later, sweetheart!
- Victrolacore – Satirical Music for the Sartorical Gentleman (kingpinchic.com)
- Dandyism – The French (kingpinchic.com)
- California Unionizes Pot Farms (melgru23.wordpress.com)