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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.

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    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