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Dandies, Æsthetes & Flâneurs

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Greetings and introduction [22 Jun 2005|02:29am]

My dear lovely ladies and elegant gentlemen, it is my pleasure to greet you all and congratulate you for a most informative and amiable community. I admire your cordiality, courtesy and expertise regarding the refined life and manners. That is why I join you with high anticipation for acquiring insight about those, and with great hopes that at this old age of almost eight-and-twenty years I may not have become so numbed and ossified as not to be teachable anymore in the art of a more graceful living.

The name I have chosen, dama_cu_camelii, is the Romanian for "La Dame aux camélias". I come from Bucharest, Romania, a city once favored with the appellation "The Little Paris", and which, however, has suffered greatly in the past century with regard both to its aspect and spiritual life. Only in the recent years there has been a more marked preoccupation to restore to it the glamour and charm that once used to be its characteristics.

And now if you please, as a token of my preoccupations, I would be glad to submit to your attention the portraits of some contemporary dandies – who, even if they do not assume that identity in their daily lives, most surely do justice to the part in these pictures... or at least it is so in my very humble opinion.

The rest can be found here.

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