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Is the Great British dandy an endangered species?

We should be proud to think that dandyism is an English thing. It began here in 1799, with the rise of George Bryan “Beau” Brummel, was heroically mimicked by Lord Byron, slavishly imitated across the Channel by the poet Baudelaire and the flâneur Alfred Comte d’Orsay, brought to a pitch of decadence by the peacock excess of Robert Conte de Montesquiou, went transatlantic and film-starry in the 1920s and 1930s (Cary Grant, Noël Coward, Fred Astaire) and went crazy in Sixties London with the tailors Tommy Nutter, Douglas Hayward and Michael Fish, before disappearing under the invasion of jeans and T-shirts that closed the 20th century.

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