Fashion, by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment universal, and dandyism
, which, in its own way, is an attempt to assert the absolute modernity of beauty, had, of course, their fascination for him.
Having been a fashionable dandy forty years ago, he had managed to preserve the dandyism
while ignoring the fashions.
There was the same handsome unpleasantness of mien, but now he wore neatly trimmed, old-fashioned whiskers, the sable moustache having disappeared; and his dress was half-clerical, a modification which had changed his expression sufficiently to abstract the dandyism
from his features, and to hinder for a second her belief in his identity.
But is there dandyism in the brilliant and distinguished circle notwithstanding, dandyism of a more mischievous sort, that has got below the surface and is doing less harmless things than jack- towelling itself and stopping its own digestion, to which no rational person need particularly object?
In this, too, there is perhaps more dandyism at Chesney Wold than the brilliant and distinguished circle will find good for itself in the long run.
Gentlemen,' said the man in blue, with an air of the most consummate dandyism
, 'I'll give you the ladies; come.
Unlike the previous chapter on musical dandyism
, however, Puri never defines the terms "bacchanal" or "idyll," nor does he contextualize them.
The essays set the context of the decades from the 1880s until World War I, offering discussion of commercial aspects, dandyism
, women, and various aspects of the cultural climate.
In clothes, it became associated in the 19th century with dandyism
, emerging as an act of wilful rebellion against established norms, expressed through clothes.
His languid dandyism
had always a pagan air to it; it was not enervation but the repose of a fearsome beast, like the Gabriel-Ernest of his own tale.
In the figure of Beau Brummell, with whom dandyism
began, one sees the progenitor of the late-Victorian aesthetes.
It is instructive to contrast the scene in "The Party" to popular culture images of what might be thought of as collective black dandyism
in which African Americans were shown as ridiculous imitators of high society.