I am dandy by gestalten celebrates the return of the elegant gentleman
arriving on the scene in 18th century london, dandies, as they quickly became known, have been defying the conventions of arbitrary fashion for more than 200 years. a refuge for eccentrics, the movement has seen a considerable revival over the last few years. today’s distinguished gentlemen can ride their vintage bikes around london or attend the jazz age lawn party on new york city’s governor’s island, bringing the era of the great gatsby back to life – if only temporarily.
exploring the fascinating phenomenon of dandyism and celebrating the return of the well dressed gentleman, photographer rose callahan frames intimate portraits of 57 contemporary dandies, able to establish their own signature sense of style. the meticulously composed images not only portray the clothes, accessories, and homes of the subjects, but also the essence of their unique lifestyles. the book illustrates an incredibly diverse range of men from a variety of countries, cultures and backgrounds, proving that today’s dandyism is an attitude and a way of life that can be achieved on any budget.
across 288 richly colored pages the reader will find, among others, the lead singer of a norwegian ‘deathpunk’ band, one of the most significant journalists of the 20th century, a dapper pair of highly-regarded cardiologist brothers, one of new york’s best-known trial lawyers, an architect and a fabric designer, all with only one thing in common: an intense love of dressing and the perpetual desire to express themselves through their choice of attire. as adams states in the introduction, ‘these are the men who, stranded alone on a desert island, would still dress up every day, using fish bones as tie pins and polishing their shoes with squid ink’.