The Macaroni, The Dandy and Gender Identity

A short explanation before we get started: the term macaroni used in this article is not referring to the Italian pasta, but is related to it. Macaroni, when used in mens fashions, refers to a mid-18th century trend where young men started dressing in the most epicene (androgynous, effeminate) and affected style. They were the …

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Gentlemen’s Cravats – A Brief History

Before the modern necktie there was a period in mens fashion where we wore ruffs around our collars. These were all the fashion for men (and women) of distinction from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-seventeenth century. It took introducing a neck cloth used by Croatian soldiers to get us to where we are today. …

Dandyism – The French

I am continually amazed as I read more on the subject of dandyism of both its active social role and the influence this role has had on gentlemens apparel for almost the last two hundred years. I would say that dandyism it is the style of presentation that the modern era adapted, breaking forever with …

The Dandy – A Manifesto

From Wikipedia (the true master of us all) we read: A dandy (also known as a beau, Nathan Dean 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. There is something beyond the mere intent to …