Attending an event in celebration of dandyism produces certain anxieties. One frets for weeks about what to wear, then spends six hours getting dressed.
But the real anguish, in this age of social media, comes when the photographer prowling the event points his camera, and one is expected to convey the proper dandy attitude.
These photos, taken by Piers Cunliffe for the Paris book-signing party for Callahan & Adams’ “I Am Dandy,” form a handy how-to guide for any aspiring dandy looking to make a name for himself (or a spectacle of himself) on the Internet.
To help you remember them, we’ve given these acceptable dandy poses convenient names. We also recommend trying them out at home with self-portraits until you find the one that suits you best.
We begin with the bejeweled sitter above, who is executing the pose known as the “Encrusted Tortoise.”
Below, a superb example of the “Anton La Vey”:
This one’s known as the “What do you mean it’s all in the three-percents?”:
Here we have the “Cork-Lined Room,” for appearing to have just escaped from one:
The always popular “Do You Call That Thing A Coat?”
The “Lord Henry”:
This one is simply known as “The Cad”:
And finally, if you just can’t bear to look into the photographer’s lens, you can find solace in the “Always Remember That You Dress To Fascinate Others, Not Yourself”: