Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style

Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style

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Described as "high-styled rebels" by author Shantrelle P. Lewis, Black men with a penchant for color and refined fashion, both new and vintage, have gained widespread attention in recent years, influencing mainstream fashion. Suits that pop with loud colors and dazzling patterns, complete with a nearly ubiquitous bowtie, define the style of the new "dandy." But Black dandyism itself is not new; originating in Enlightenment England's slave culture, it has continued for generations in Black cultures around the world. Now, set against the backdrop of hip-hop culture, this iteration of dandies is redefining what it means to be Black, masculine, and fashionable. 

Dandy Lion presents and celebrates individual dandy personalities, designers and tailors, movements, and events that define contemporary dandyism. Throughout the book, self-expression is communicated through personal style, clothing, shoes, hats, and swagger. Lewis's carefully curated selection of contemporary photographs surveys the movement across the globe in spectacular form, with all of the vibrant patterns, electrifying colors, and fanciful poses of this brilliant style subculture.


144 pages

Measurements: 7.5 x 10 x 0.8 inches

Published by Aperture in 2017