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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨
Okay you know what, I'm pissed about some stuff so that means it's time for another thread about fashion history. This one is for all my boyes suffering under toxic masculinity. Thread af.
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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BOYS. MY BOYS. Do you know why you dress Like That? Why you have that haircut? Do you know whose fucking fault it is that "acceptable" colors for men are: black, grey, navy blue, olive drab? It is because of one man. ONE MAN. BEAU FUCKING BRUMMELL
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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i need to take a moment to seethe with rage, hang on
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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ok we good. BEAU FUCKING BRUMMELL -- ok no actually we not yet good, maybe a nap and a cup of tea to calm me down
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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so BFB (i'm gonna have to keep stopping to grind my teeth if i type out his whole name) was one of the most famous dandies in Regency Engla-- wait you don't know what a dandy is, do you
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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Dandyism was a whole aesthetic movement -- you know how in the 80s/90s there was that whole trend of "cynicism is cool"? The cool guy in shades at the party, lounging with studied carelessness against a doorjamb and smoking?
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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And dandies were also really concerned with physical appearance and dress. And the king of the dandies was BEAU FUCKING BRUMMELL *throws a chair out the window*
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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BFB was not a gentleman or an aristocrat. He was just Some Guy. He was Some Guy so fucking hard that IN HIS LIFETIME he wrenched men's fashion in a totally new direction. And i hate him so much. So. Much.
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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See, he couldn't afford fancy jewelry or expensive fabrics, so he made it unacceptable for ANY MAN to wear jewelry or expensive fabrics. He convinced everyone that it was vulgar and effeminate.
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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Which is how, in less than 50 years, men's fashion went from this:
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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And then men's fashion functionally froze. It went that far and then no further for *two hundred years*. Do you know why men's suits have long pants? Because Beau Brummel thought breeches and stockings were for losers. His style is the DIRECT ancestor of modern suits
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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There is a statue of BFB on Jermyn Street in London, with the inscription: "To be truly elegant one should not be noticed."
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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He's THE LITERAL AUTHOR OF THAT PART OF TOXIC MASCULINITY. He is the *inventor* of the reason that many men today feel self-conscious in anything eye-catching or unique. Shapeless hoodies and jeans or cargo pants for everybody! A suit that looks exactly like everyone else's!
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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And now we have a whole culture where men are *aching* just to BE SEEN, to feel cute or special or unique, to get validation on their physical existence, and they... don't. And then they don't understand why catcalling women on the street is wrong.
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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(A post I saw on tumblr described this as "Someone dying of thirst in the desert can't understand what a drowning person has to complain about" and that's so fucking apt. They just don't have the framework to empathize with that kind of life experience, it's totally alien)
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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Beau FUCKING Brummell *seethes*
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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Ahem. Now, the dandy philosophy might initially strike you as quite egalitarian, right? Dressing more plainly, more subdued fabrics and less overt ornamentation -- it's a fuck-you to the aristocratic class, riiiiiiiiiight?
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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well fucking no, actually, because Brummell dandyism demands flawless bespoke tailoring, and an *incredibly* painstaking approach to dressing (literally 5-6 hours to dress). Brummell recommended having your shoes polished with champagne
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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Oh, and the clothes were so fitted that you literally could not get dressed without the help of a valet. So between the tailoring, the leisure time required, the champagne, and the valet? This is not fashion that's accessible to the masses.
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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So we have THIS GODDAMN ASSHOLE swanning into Regency society, making everyone feel shitty about themselves unless they conform exactly to his standards.
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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And then we come to the Oscars last night (and the red carpet recently in general), and there's Billy Porter, like a shining star of hope and joy, wearing a huge velvet dress, or that gorgeous satin sash, or that pink-satin lined cape
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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And it actually does make me tear up a little bit, because it's a sign that MAYBE, FINALLY, we are getting better Maybe we are finally learning that Beau Fucking Brummell was a goddamn snotty shithead who should have been slapped repeatedly until he stopped gaslighting everyone
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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Here's a list of 30 times Beau Fucking Brummel was an appalling dick to someone, I am fully prepared to believe all of them are true and accurate:
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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Questions from the audience?
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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It's just.... It's so hypocritical, right? Because the whole goal of dandyism is "subdued elegance, don't draw attention, be reserved" and at the same time the goal is also "sleep in front of ur mirror, be SO FUCKIGN CONCERNED with urself and ur appearance and ur Performance"
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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It is an artificial construction of casualness -- "look exactly like everyone else, don't stand out," but to do that WELL, it requires you to put yourself at the ABSOLUTE CENTER OF YOUR ENTIRE UNIVERSE
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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You don't need to be Seen by anyone else because YOU are giving yourself all the Seeing you require and just fghjklfghjklfghjkl this is so unhealthy, the mental acrobatics required to get to a point where this is sustainable is just... mindboggling
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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Boys. My boys. What would be fun to wear? What would make you feel cute? Brocade waistcoat? Do it. Weird pants? Do it. Bright colors? PLEASE DO IT, Y'ALL ARE SO CUTE WHEN YOU WEAR COLORS
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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You don't have to live in the cult of Brummell anymore! There is a world outside! You can be Seen! People will compliment you on your physical embodiment!!! You are special and unique and you deserve to look cute as often as you want to!
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Alexandra Rowland (FINDING FAERIES out on 10/20!)✨ 25 Feb 19
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DFGHJKLDFGHJKRTGHJK LITERALLY EXACTLY THAT THO!!!!!!!! that was why cravat-tying took so long, because it had to be exactly the right kind of Pretentiously Disheveled, you can't just throw some cloth around your neck and call it a day!
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