The Chronicle Review

Who Were the First Black Dandies?

December 03, 2012

When NBA players, hip-hop stars, and professors dress to the nines, they're positioning themselves in a lineage that stretches back centuries. Monica Miller, an associate professor of English at Barnard College, explains—and takes us to 1760s England for a story about slavery, sexuality, and sartorialism.

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