Yesterday the Huffington Post reported on a new photo series by Sophia Wallace called “Modern Dandy.“
Writing on her website, Wallace describes the photo series thusly:
My many years of focusing on gender, race and constructions of beauty led me to dandyism as a radical position for art making and social critique. Indeed, dandyism’s subversive aesthetic of beauty disrupts normative gender in fascinating ways.
Wallace’s summation of the photo series serves as a convenient vocabulary list for anyone wishing to discuss the concept of dandyism without sounding like an airheaded fop. Consider it in keeping with the dandy tradition of talking seriously about trivial matters:
Then again, choosing a necktie in the morning (make that early afternoon) is difficult enough without having to worry about “performing a persona construct in a radical subversive aesthetic space that disrupts normative gender androgyny.”