21st Century Dandies: Rose Callahan
According to Rose Callahan’s website, the dictionary definition of a dandy is “a man who affects extreme elegance in clothes and manners; a fop” or “something very good or agreeable”. The term dandy has been used for almost 250 years and in the 1800s would bring to mind a man who takes great pride in his appearance and reputation, someone we might call “fussy” or even “prissy”. I picture men like this existing only in history, as part of a past era. In today’s “fashion” world of t-shirts and baggy jeans, where it is rare to see a man in a tie, let alone a whole suit, it is hard to believe that there still exists a population of men who see themselves as dandies, men who love style and elegance and take great pride in appreciating the finer things in life. Callahan began the Dandy Portraits in 2008 as a personal project, trying to capture the modern day version of a dandy. What is fascinating about these portraits is the range in ages and backgrounds. These aren’t just young hipsters trying to be cool. Every man photographed is unique, except for the one thing they have in common, a passion for creating their own personal style and an excess of finery. As Mies Van Der Rohe said, “God is in the details.” For these 21st century dandies, the details of pocket squares, socks, cufflinks, and braces (never suspenders) are essential if one truly wants to be an exquisite gentleman.