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Quentin Crisp
Analysis of the flamboyant Crisp as a fashion plate, a dandy, a homosexual, and well-known author of "The Naked Civil Servant."
# 11018 | 2,250 words | 7 sources | 2001 | US
Published on Nov 21, 2002 in Sociology (General)


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"The dictionary defines a "dandy" as "a man excessively and ostentatiously refined in dress and affected in manner; a fop" Is the idea of being "ostentatiously refined: an oxymoron" Quentin Crisp was not the first to flout what the rest of society felt was Convention. There were Beaudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Rimbaud- among others. No doubt, the whole idea of dandyism and "fashion" out of the ordinary all began with Beau Brummell, who seems to have been among the most noted fashion-plates of his day. In fact, as the son of a wealthy man, his greatest "fame" came at Eton where he ?was distinguished chiefly for his taste in dress which afterwards made him an autocrat of fashion.? Unlike the legendary Brummell (he was a real person, who died insane) dandyism is not being an autocrat or imposing..."

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