Melbourne dandies extol the “lavish,” reports Australia’s The Age in a lengthy feature story. Not surprising, these modern exponents of dandyism are bored by mainstream platitudes and have a flair for “theatrical self-fashioning.”
Indeed, nothing says “dandy” more than a walking schtick.
Forum lurker, faux aristocrat, and all around decent chap Sir Frederick Chook (Daniel Chapman) is featured, and offers the following quote:
“I live the way I do for my own benefit and, if I’m looking for a reaction, it’s just to make people smile. But I do try to inspire people to be a bit more confident to live their own way.”
Alas, we’ve heard the same from other persons affected and provincial, and we’re not buying: Call it ego gratification or simply being oneself, but it’s hard for us to imagine one wears formal and anachronistic clothing as a way of saying “Have a nice day.”
We’ve often found the term “Dickens-Faire dandyism” a convenient descriptor, and sure enough, “Richard Nylon takes on an authentic 19th-century aesthetic, looking like he’s stepped straight out of a Boz sketch in a Dickens novel.”
Addendum: Sir Chook has clarified in the forum that he is not the chap pictured at left.