Dandy Pin Badge created to coincide with our Dandy Style exhibition.
Dandy is one of a series of imaginary portraits commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery for an exhibition at Platt Hall. Turner Prize winning artist Lubaina Himid researched West African textiles in the costume collection and alluded to these in the patterning on the figure’s waistcoat and stockings. The decoration on the coat references both African shell currency and English Pearly Kings. Overall, the painting presents a more colourful and decorated interpretation of the early 19th century dandy.
Dandy Style focuses on men’s fashion and image from the 18th century to the present day. The show explores how concepts such as elegance, uniformity and spectacle have evolved over the last 250 years.
The exhibition highlights a range of examples from Manchester’s collections and will be composed of two main sections: Tailored Dandy and Decorated Dandy. Combining the historic with the contemporary, the provocative with the respectable, the show draws contrasts and comparisons between fashion, art and photography.
The show will also launch our new dedicated Fashion Gallery.