Dandy: a man unduly devoted to style, neatness, and fashion in dress and appearance.
Oscar Wilde: Apostle of Aestheticism,” became a celebrity in America during his 1882 lecture tour, due in part to his effeminate persona. Wilde moved into marginal (and feminine) modes of fashion, creating himself, like the aesthetic woman who was part of the “assemble of the drawing-room,” as an object d’art in aesthetic space.
Black Dandyism the black dandy crosses and re-crosses boundaries of class, gender, sexu ality, race, and nation.
Julius Soubise black companion of the Duchess of Queensbury “Fashioned a social debut in his own style” Made himself over from a black in fops clothing to a fop who was black.
Sartorial expression as a form of self-representation.
Second Lines – expressing the Burlesqued Dandy