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or, The Cult of Cultivation

Dandies, Æsthetes & Flâneurs
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Appearances are everything

Stephen Fry looking absolutely smashing as Oscar Wilde

"A dandy is a clothes-wearing man, a man whose trade, office, and existence consists in the wearing of clothes. Every faculty of his soul, spirit, purse, and person is heroically consecrated to this one object, the wearing of clothes wisely and well." -- Sartor Resartus

If beauty is your religion, if you are a lady or gentleman of manners, flavor and wit, a foppish flâneur, bohemian bon vivant, faux aristocrat, elegant eccentric, decadent dandy, effete intellectual snob, or merely an affect'd æsthete, then you have found your club. Leave the cares of the world behind; relax and nourish your soul in contemplation of all that is finest and best.

NOTE: This is a moderated club. In order to post, your entry must be approved by one of the listed moderators. When we see that you mean business, then any further posts by you will be passed along to our consituents unrestricted. No topic of conversation is forbidden, so long as one doesn't bore one; naturally, this would exclude spam. Lurkers who wish to post about an upcoming event may mention it at their discretion, but great solicitude is required among this crowd; keep in mind most of us don't live in your neck of the woods and thus wouldn't be attending anyway. At least make sure the advertisement states in which country the event is to be held. Send all complaints, &c. to fredchook

Patron Saints

Oscar Wilde, playwright, poet, & æsthete
Beau Brummel, the original dandy
Charles Baudelaire, accursed poet & dandy
Sir Cecil Beaton, photographer, designer, & dandy
Marlene Dietrich, actress & fashion plate
Noël Coward, playwright, fop & wit
{The Compleat Dandy List by Aubrey Weirdsley}

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