The original ‘Dandy’ Beau Brummell was the arbiter of men’s
fashion in Regency England and a friend of the Prince Regent, the future King
George IV. He established the mode of men wearing understated, but fitted,
tailored clothes including dark suits and full-length trousers, adorned with an
elaborately knotted cravat. Beau Brummell is credited with introducing and
establishing as fashion the modern man’s suit, worn with a tie. He claimed he
took five hours to dress, and recommended that boots be polished with
champagne. His style of dress is often referred to as dandyism.