Beau Brummell | 7th June 1778 - 30th March 1840
Born with the frumpy name of George and even more appalling middle name of Bryan, Brummell made a name for himself by becoming the most fashionable fashonista possible. He revolutionised men’s fashion with his singluarly elegant style that eschewed powder, wigs and hose for trousers, neatly coiffed hair and - his secret weapon - an impeccably starched cravat.
He was pally with the Prince Regent and didn’t care much for studying (despite attending both Eaton and Oxford) or the army. He was the go-to guy for fashion advice, and what he said, went. Georgian Rumor Mill has it that he made the Prince cry when he didn’t agree with the cut of his new coat.
His principle achievements were:
- Spending his time at Oxford perfecting the ‘cut’ - the art of ignoring someone while being completely aware of their presence
- Recognising his troop in the 10th Hussars (the Prince’s own Regiment) when late by looking for the bloke with a big blue nose (true story)
- Replying to a snub in favour of his strolling companion by the Prince after the inevitable breakdown of their friendship by asking him loudly when the Prince was still in earshot “Pray, who was your fat friend?”
- Being the best toaster of cheese and bread Eton has ever seen.
- Creating the Dandy.
Happy Birthday, history crush!