My view from the stage at the Dandy Talk on Oct 5, 2012
A hearty "thank you" to everyone who came out to the Dandy Talk event last Friday a the National Arts Club! It was an overwhelming turn out, and everywhere I looked I saw smiles of friends, colleagues and curious strangers. When I think back to when I started The Dandy Portraits, I could not have imagined that I would be at such fulfilling evening - with so many people interested in a subject that has fascinated me for years.
Special thanks to David Zyla for envisioning the evening, my fellow panelists, my very good friend Naomi White for photographing, and of course Dandy Wellington and His Band and Hendrick's Gin for keeping the party going.
Did I mention the super smart crowd? They asked some great, thought provoking questions - about how things like ethnicity, sexuality, and class come into play with dandyism, what the connection might between vintage enthusiasts and dandies, and if there can be female dandies?
One of the great delights for me was getting big prints made for the first time! I printed eight images 20x30 inches, and I think they can go even bigger - BIGGER! I can see the exhibition now, can't you?
We screened the short film on Sean Crowley I made with Kelly for Rarebit Productions, and a trailer for our new short on Dandy Wellington.
Bruce Boyer (center) spinning a good yarn with Shannon Hill (far left) and tailor Len Logsdail and his wife.
Adorable Matt Fox before we went on stage.
Patrick MacDonald, always a pleasure to see you! Sorry I took such a bad shot...
I was happy to finally meet the designer Ignacio Quiles.
The men who inspired me to start The Dandy Portraits - Allen Crawford, AKA Lord Whimsy, and my guy, Kelly Desmond Bray
The Doyle Mueser connection: Natty, Amber Doyle, Mike Davis, Jake Mueser, Dandy Wellington
And why not a little portrait session in a forgotten corner of the beautiful Tilden Mansion? Keith Tritto and Jamesy were happy to oblige.
Do I look happy or what?!