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  • Beau Brummell, né George Bryan Brummell (7 June 1778, London, U.K. – 30 March 1840 (aged 61), Caen, France), was the arbiter of men's fashion in Regency England and a friend of the Prince Regent. He established the mode of men wearing understated, but fitted, beautifully cut clothes, adorned with an elaborately-knotted cravat.

    Beau Brummell is credited with introducing and establishing as fashion the modern man's suit, worn with a tie. He claimed five hours to dress, and recommended that boots be polished with champagne. To wit, his style of dress was known as dandyism.


    From It's Still Rock 'n Roll to Me by Billy Joel:

    How about a pair of pink sidewinders

    And a bright orange pair of pants

    Well, you could really be a Beau Brummell baby

    If you just give it half a chance

    Don't waste your money on a new set of speakers

    You get more mileage from a cheap pair of sneakers

    Next phase, new wave , dance craze, anyways

    It's still rock and roll to me.

    February 10, 2008