I’m very excited that the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design is planning a menswear exhibition for this spring called “Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion.” It doesn’t open until late April, but with folks like PTO pals Guy Hills and Luciano Barbera featured, it should be a wonderful show.
PTO Man: Ian Bruce
Excerpted from S2E3 of Put This On: “(New) Traditions”
Ian Bruce, painter and member of The Correspondents, on how an artist should dress, the tradition of the Soho Dandy.
Put This On Season Two, Episode 3: (New) Traditions
Put This On, a web series about dressing like a grownup, visits London, where we examine how traditions are being reinvented in the birthplace of classic menswear.
We go to Savile Row, where we meet up with a historical guide to talk about the history of the world’s oldest tailoring street. We also chat with the tailor Richard Anderson about what’s special about The Row. Patrick Grant, the owner and designer of Norton & Sons, talks about how Savile Row can become a vital part of the international fashion world again.
Just off Savile Row, we go to the basement showroom of W. Bill, the world’s most legendary tweed merchant. Ray Hammet, who’s worked at W. Bill for decades, shows us around the stacks of wooly majesty.
In our PTO: Man segment, we talk with Ian Bruce, painter and member of the band The Correspondents, about re-imagining the SoHo dandy for the 21st century. He takes us through London’s red light district, and tells us why he doesn’t want to look like a painter at the end of a long day of painting.
We visit the tie factory owned and operated by Drake’s of London to learn how a high-quality tie is made, from fabric to finished product. Then we buy one to send to a supporter of the show.
Plus Dave Hill tells where sport sunglasses are and are not appropriate, in Rudiments.
Watch it elsewhere:
Executive Producers: Jesse Thorn & Adam Lisagor
Director: Benjamin Ahr Harrison
Host / Writer / Producer: Jesse Thorn
Rudiments: Dave Hill
Producer: Kristian Brodie
Director of Photography: Charlie Cook
Sound: Kristian Brodie
The Swenkas are a small group of Zulu working-class men in South Africa who gather on weekends for something that’s part fashion show, part choreography, and part competition. As with many subcultures, they also have their own moral codes, which are expressed through the way they dress.
“Definitely not. This may work for a dandy like Boni de Castellane. I don’t want to be ridiculous.”— Marcel Proust, upon looking at himself in the mirror while wearing a red silk waistcoat.
“If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated.”—
Oscar Wilde (in The Importance of Being Earnest)
You might call us country, but we’s only Southern
(via Sour Powered)
Reblogging for posterity. Do you guys have any idea how difficult it is to find pre-Speakerboxxx era pics of these boys online?
b/w remember the Outkast clothing line?
Andre 3000: he was wild and crazy before he was a dandy. God bless him for it. Another guy whose dress has always conveyed joy.
Above: Taz Arnold of Sa-Ra Creative Partners talks about style.
The last time I posted something about Sa-Ra, somebody whined about it in a reblog, but I will not be cowed. These guys are incredibly creative musicians and they all have remarkable senses of style. Certainly their style doesn’t match mine - they’ve essentially exploded the symbols of wealth, coolness and race into a crazy pastiche, but that pastiche is to my eye totally compelling. They’re very nice guys, too.
Would I wear this gear? Absolutely not. I’m happy, though, that there are people who see wake up every morning and see the chance to get dressed as a wild celebration.
Check out Taz’ video “Southside Blood Cuz’n” for a taste of the music that matches these crazy outfits.