1808 Walk in the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, France.
A dandy of the Year VIII.
François Courboin (1856–1926)
Illustrations by François Courboin from Octave Uzanne’s Les Modes de Paris. Variations du goût et de l’esthétique de la femme, 1797-1897, L. Henry May, Paris, 1898, or from the English translation of the same work: Fashion in Paris : the various phases of feminine taste and aesthetics from 1797 to 1897, William Heinemann, London, 1898.
According to Baudelaire, a dandy was, “no profession other than elegance…no other status but that of cultivating the idea of beauty in their own persons….The dandy must aspire to be sublime without interruption; he must live and sleep before a mirror.” Dandies tried to imitate the aristocracy in manner and appearance. The man depicted in this plate is wearing the short breeches typical of the aristocracy that had already gone out of style in favor of the ‘more-democratic’ ankle-length pants. His outfit and manners are a throwback to a pre-Revolutionary era.
Published in: Octave Uzanne. Fashion in Paris the various phases of feminine taste and aesthetics from 1797 to 1897. London: William Heinemann, 1898.