By Matthew Fennell– Rose Callahan, Brooklyn photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer, will be holding a conversation on the modern “dandy” on Oct 5, 2012 at the National Arts Club in New York City. Stemming from the effusive response to her collection The Dandy Portraits: The Lives of Exquisite Gentleman Today, the gathering will spotlight the collection and the re-emerging culture of “extreme masculine elegance.”
The Dandy Portraits grew from personal project to rapidly expanding blog designed to explore the “infinite variety” of dandyism, a concept that dates back to 18th Century England and France. Callahan began to photograph gentlemen with this dramatic panache for personal style in early 2008, gleaming inspiration from each man’s wildly independent beliefs on how to live elegantly in the casual age.
The constantly updated blog seems to serve as an ever-mutating examination of the question “What is a dandy?” Yet, as Callahan offers, this question “has no simple answer. With each new portrait comes more curiosity, and the realization that a true dandy is a rare thing indeed.”
The Dandy Talk will be held from 6-8pm at Historic National Arts Club in NYC. Guests must RSVP as space is limited. Other speakers include Matt Fox of FineAndDandyShop.com, Nathaniel “Natty” Adams- writer and manager at Against Nature, and Thomas P. Farley (“Mister Manners”). David Zyla, Emmy Award-winning costume designer, author, and chair of the National Arts Club Fashion Committee, will moderate the talk, followed by a performance by Dandy Wellington and His Band.