Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891

Lettres

Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

Dandies in the Underworld and Fops in the Clouds

Penned upon the 26th of September, 2010

Here’s a curious business! A couple of months ago, a writer – Ms Baran-Unland – dropped me a line, explaining that she was working on a novel with a nineteenth-century setting – Bryony, scheduled for publication for the turn of 2011 – and was interested, for research and for the entertainment of the readers of her writing blog, in my ideas of the creed of the clotheshorse. “Who’d want to interview that colonial scruff?” you may ask, and not without good reason, but I was happy to meet such a polite request and to offer whatever small material I could, in hope it might tickle someone’s fancy.

Long story short, I eventually got a short Q&A piece together, with some speculations on how and why we have dressed up and will dress up; on those hideous twin-beasts, Society and Status; on hobbies, interests, self-cultivation, and all that jazz. I’ll hold off reprinting any of’t until Ms Baran-Unland has finished her own account, but you can read Part One here and Part Two here, and the rest is sure to soon follow. Have a look-si-look!


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