From W.E.B Du Bois to Waris Ahluwalia: Portraits of History’s Most Fashionable Men


Admirers of the well-dressed man, look no further. Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion , out this week from Yale University Press in conjunction with the RISD Museum of Art’s exhibition on the same subject, is chock-full of photographs of famed sartorial geniuses and flamboyant clotheshorses, not to mention essays on “notable dandies” like Charles Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, and John Waters. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider a wardrobe overhaul. After the jump, you’ll find just a small sampling of the book’s many great portraits — so if you’re in the Providence area, make sure to head on over to the exhibition for the full experience.

The Hon. Stephen Tennant, 1927. Cecil Beaton, photographer. Works of Art Fund. © Cecil Beaton. RISD Museum, Providence.

Andy Warhol, 1979. Yousuf Karsh, photographer. Gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousef Karsh. © Estate of Yousuf Karsh. RISD Museum, Providence.

Save St. Mark’s Books [Patrick McDonald], from The Dandy’s New York, 2011. Molua Muldown, photographer. Photo bricolage. RISD Museum, Providence

Waris Ahluwalia, 2011. Photo by Norman Jean Roy

Guy Hills, 2012. Photo Credit: Geordie. C/O Guy Hills

Travis Gumbs and Joshua Kissi, 2011. Photo credit: Andy Ryan

Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi, 2011. Photo Credit: United Arrows

W.E.B. Du Bois at the Exposition Universelle International, 1900. Photo Credit: Special Collections & University Archives, University Libraries, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Michael Costiff wearing Comme de Garçons, 2007. Photo credit: Tokumasu Junichiro