Beau Brummel: the first London dandy subdued and taught men to dress
• Beau Brummel: the first London dandy subdued and taught men to dress
June 7, 1778 - the birthday of George Brummell, and no such thing as "dandyism", because the Englishman nicknamed the "handsome Brummell" was the first dandy and trendsetter in London. It was he who introduced the fashion men's suit with a tie and scarves, and his famous "dandy rules" made all the English dandies followed. Byron said: "There are three great men of my time: I, Napoleon and Brummell. The three of us Brummel is the greatest. "
The first dandy Beau Brummell
Beau Brummell was educated at Eton and Oxford. The legacy of his father he got 20 thousand pounds, he bought a house in the center of London and became a member of the club, which gathered local dandies. Their way of life and style of dress was soon called "dandyism" and the first London dandy called the smartest of them, "handsome Brummell". A nickname he received for a flawless appearance and habit dress elegant and elegant.
Scene from the movie * * This handsome Brummel 2006
Lessons refined manners George Brummell took the Prince Regent, the future King of England, Henry IV. Regency (during the reign of the Prince) went down in history as a time of dandyism - elegance, wit, dandyism. Regent led dissolute lifestyle, loved gambling and enjoyed success with women, so the recommendation "handsome Brummell" come in handy.
To all who want to look as perfect as the first dandy had to learn a few simple rules. The first of these was the principle of "conspicuous stealth": alternative frilly dresses, pomaded wig and flashy colors in clothes "handsome Brummel" offered discreet elegant suit, behind the external simplicity that hides the true aristocracy and chic. "We have to stand out in such a way so as not to stand out", - stated George.
To the left - a caricature of a Brummell work of Richard Daytona 1805Cprava - Monument Beau Brummell in London by I. Siedlce
Brummel believed that men can wear jewelry, but do not get carried away by their number - lace wigs and make men like peacocks. There must be only one noticeable detail, which gives the external appearance of a finished appearance. A large value first dandy attached accessories, particularly scarves. His fashion know-how was dazzling white scarf knotted casually, but elegant knot. For a long time he kept it a secret, how he manages to capture the handkerchief assembly so that it does not lose its shape throughout the day. As it turned out, he simply starches. Each suit has relied separate cane and snuffbox with snuff. His shoes rubbed to a shine, on haircut barber worked 3 and 4 gloves sewn masters.
Walk on Bond Street, 1820
The greatest achievement of Brummell, for which all the women of London would have to tell him thank you very much, was the introduction of fashion for purity and freshness. Regency England could hardly boast of excessive attention to personal hygiene. Bathe regularly then it was simply not accepted. Brummel also took a bath and shaved every day, several times a day to change the gloves to make them appear as white and fresh, like a scarf, three times a day to change the shirt, double - suit. He believed that from a man should smell no perfume and no tobacco, and freshness.
London dandy and his screen incarnation in the movie * * This handsome Brummel 2006 However, "dandyism" - a concept that characterizes not only the appearance, but also a certain demeanor. Brummel introduced the 3 basic rules dandy: maintain equanimity no matter what happens around, hitting a surprise, removed immediately after the effect will be achieved. A must for the dandy had the ability to behave in society, and to shine with wit in the dialogue. On the ladies it made a lasting impression.
In order to lead a luxurious life and dress well, they needed a lot of money. Brummel squandered the inheritance, and from 1816 hiding from the debt in France. There he wrote the work "Male and female costume", discovered only a century later. In 1835 he still was for debts to prison and lost his mind and ended up in a psychiatric hospital, where he died poor and sick in 3 years. A dandyism has found its followers among them Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde and many other dandies.