24716 JESSE, Captain:
THE LIFE OF BEAU BRUMMELL.
Privately Printed for The Navarre Society ,London, nd.
New Edition.,Two Volumes,20 colour plates.pp.xxii+ 309.pp.xi+ 300. some small scattered pale browning else Very Good blue cloth hardcovers in Very good dust wrappers.
George Bryan “Beau” Brummell was an iconic figure in Regency England, the arbiter of men’s fashion, and a friend of the Prince Regent, the future King George IV. He established a mode of dress for men, perfectly fitted and tailored bespoke garments. This look was based on dark coats, full-length trousers rather than knee breeches and stockings, and above all immaculate shirt linen and an elaborately knotted cravat.Beau Brummell is credited with introducing, and establishing as fashion, the modern men’s suit, worn with a necktie. He claimed he took five hours a day to dress, and recommended that boots be polished with champagne.The style of dress was referred to as dandyism.