Dandy Lion - The Black Dandy and Street Style
Suits that pop with loud colours and dazzling patterns, complete with a nearly ubiquitous bow tie, define the style of the new “dandy.” Described as “high-styled rebels” by author Shantrelle P. Lewis, black men with a penchant for colour and refined fashion, both new and vintage, have gained popular attention in recent years, influencing mainstream fashion. But black dandyism itself is not new; originating in Enlightenment England’s slave culture, it has continued for generations in black cultures around the world. Now, set against the backdrop of hip-hop culture, this iteration of dandies is redefining what it means to be black, masculine, and fashionable. Dandy Lion presents and celebrates individual dandy personalities, designers and tailors, movements and events that define contemporary dandyism. Throughout the book, self expression is communicated through personal style, clothing, shoes, hats, and swagger. Lewis’s carefully curated selection of contemporary photographs surveys the movement across the globe in spectacular form, with all of the vibrant patterns, electrifying colours, and fanciful poses of this brilliant style subculture.
By Shantrelle P. Lewis.
Published at Aperture, May 2017.
Format: Hardback, 176 pages.
Measures: 265 x 202 x 21 (mm)