The Dandy at Dusk: Taste and Melancholy in the Twentieth Century

The Dandy at Dusk: Taste and Melancholy in the Twentieth Century

by Phillip Mann

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Overview

Philip Mann chronicles the relationship of dandyism and the emerging cultural landscape of modernity via portraits of Regency England's Beau Brummel—the first dandy—and six 20th-century figures: Austrian architect Adolf Loos, the Duke of Windsor, neo-Edwardian courtier Bunny Roger, writer and raconteur Quentin Crisp, French film producer Jean-Pierre Melville, and New German Cinema enfant terrible and inverted dandy Rainer Werner Fassbinder. He blends memorable anecdotes with acute analysis to explore their style, identity and influence and interweaves their stories with an entertaining history of tailoring and men's fashion. The Dandy at Dusk contextualizes the relationship between dandyism, decadence and modernism, against the background of a century punctuated by global conflict and social upheaval.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786695178
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,000,262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Phillip Mann has written for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Vogue and has lectured on matters sartorial in Vienna, New York, Bern and London.

Table of Contents


Preface
Introduction: Modernity out of Decadence .......................................1
Adolf Loos: The Architecture of the Suit ........................................53
The Duke of Windsor: Rule and Transgression ............................ 99
Bunny Roger: A Certain Kind of Englishman ...............................139
Quentin Crisp: L'Étranger .............................................................187
Jean-Pierre Melville: To Become Immortal and Then Die ............227
Rainer Werner Fassbender: Barbarian at the Gates ....................279
Epilogue: Après le Déluge ............................................................325
Notes ............................................................................................337
List of Illustrations .........................................................................353
Bibliography ..................................................................................357
Acknowledgements .......................................................................363
Index .............................................................................................363

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