The Dandy of New York, Patrick McDonald
Patrick McDonald is larger than life - truly, fantastically. His extravagant style is legendary, and has been recorded by many just as legendary photographers and artists (um...Bill Cunningham, Scavullo, Robert Richards!). I knew from the beginning that The Dandy Portraits would not be complete without Patrick. Of course when the rare opportunity came to finally meet him - at his home - I was more than a little nervous and insanely curious to find out what this man - who revels in being a dandy - is really like.
Over the phone Patrick, in his sweet urbane voice said, "my place, it's a bit bohemian", with a laugh. I was charmed and even more intrigued. So I headed over to his place with Mat Fox of Fine and Dandy Shop to investigate - or rather just to have some fun. Matt just posted his interview here.
Beyond the top hats and eyebrows and blue velvet is a gentleman who understands the importance of good manners and character; he understands that the way one lives his life is an art, just as much dressing for each day is. And in true dandy fashion, he cultivates a unique beauty in the most unlikely of environments. With joy he quoted Bill Cunningham, who's documentary he appeared in, "He who seeks beauty will find it".
Artists need their muse.
Hats by Rod Keenan fill his kitchen