Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style
Suits that pop with loud colours and dazzling patterns, complete with a nearlyÂ ubiquitous bowtie, define the style of the new 'dandy'. Described as 'high-styledÂ rebels' by author Shantrelle P. Lewis, black men with a penchant for color andÂ refined fashion, both new and vintage, have gained popular attention in recent years,Â influencing mainstream fashion. But black dandyism itself is not new; originatingÂ in Enlightenment Englandâ€™s slave culture, it has continued for generations inÂ black cultures around the world. Now, set against the backdrop of hip-hop culture,Â this iteration of dandies is redefining what it means to be black, masculine, andÂ fashionable.
Dandy LionÂ presents and celebrates individual dandy personalities,Â designers and tailors, movements and events that define contemporary dandyism.Â Throughout the book, self expression is communicated through personalÂ style, clothing, shoes, hats, and swagger. Lewisâ€™s carefully curated selection ofÂ contemporary photographs surveys the movement across the globe in spectacularÂ form, with all of the vibrant patterns, electrifying colors, and fanciful poses of thisÂ brilliant style subculture.