Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity

Black dandyism is explored through street and studio photography.

The term dandy – referring to a man who pays particular attention to his style and appearance – was first coined in the Victorian era, and has been used to describe the tweed suits, frilled blouses and crafted moustaches of Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde and Salvador Dalí. 

This exhibition explores its specific iteration among the African diaspora, for whom dandyism is problematic – the willed flamboyance is in total contrast to conventional constructions of black masculinity. Here it is seen as a form of personal politics; more than sharp dressing it defies the notion that there is one monolithic definition of black manhood.


Venue details

The Photographers' Gallery The Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street London W1F 7LW 020 7087 9300 thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Entry details

£2.50 with National Art Pass (standard entry £3)

Please note: you also gain entry for the Terence Donovan: Speed of Light exhibition with the same ticket.

Daily, 10am – 6pm (Thu until 8pm, Sun from 11.30am)