I mentioned Beau Brummell in the Corner yesterday. By the end of the day, numerous readers had sent me the link to the Wikipedia entry on the man:
George Bryan Brummell (born June 7, 1778, London; died March 30, 1840, Caen, France), better known as Beau Brummell, was an arbiter of fashion in Regency England and a friend of the Prince Regent. His most recent claim to fame was being mentioned by Jonah Goldberg in the Corner. He led the trend for men to wear understated, but beautifully cut clothes, adorned with elaborately knotted neckwear. Brummell is credited with introducing and bringing to fashion the modern man’s suit worn with necktie; the suit is now worn throughout the world for business and formal occasions. He claimed to take five hours to dress, and recommended that boots be polished with champagne. His style of dress came to be known as dandyism.
Me: I love this, but I have no doubt my name will be purged soon as Wikipedia is not exactly a fan of yours truly, no matter how highly I may think of it.