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Dandies in Decay

Dandies in Decay

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Sebastian Horsley: Dandyism is a form of self-worship which dispenses with the need to find happiness from others – especially women. It is a condition rather than a profession. It is a defence against suffering and a celebration of life. It is not fashion; it is not wealth; it is not learning; it is not beauty. It is a shield and a sword and a crown – all pulled out of the dressing up box in the attic of the imagination. Wilde and Brummell are usually held up as the progenitors of dandyism but neither of these men was a…

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