The Costume Rag meets Dandy Drinking Club founder Jonny Haart to learn about his exciting new venture. “A celebration of male sartorial elegance and the art of drinking,” he advertises. “We will be arranging pub meets, crawls and social outings throughout the year.
Ladies & Gentleman are both welcome but we have the dress code of male dandy attire from the 17th Century to the mid-20th Century and your interpretations of this.”
“Our first event will be a free informal pub meet at Mr Fogg’s Tavern open to all. Membership options for the club will be available in the future, which will include discounts for paid events and other benefits.”
What inspired this venture?
“I wanted to create a social club celebrating historical male attire and bygone eras of fashion. Where people with an interest in costuming, fashion, history and dressing up could show off their favourite male historical styles and meet like-minded people over drinks. I also wanted to encourage the idea of dressing up for a night out and making an event of it.”
What is your own background in period costume and events
“I’ve worked in costume design on a couple of short films and music videos. I’ve also been a club promoter and events organiser on the London alternative scene for last 5 years. I’ve self-taught myself to make historical male attire which is currently recreational but I am looking to build a business on this in the future.”
Your event seems very niche – who do you think it will appeal to? Is it a “broad church” or a more specialized club?
“The events are open to anyone who is interested male costuming, fashion and history but you do have to dress up (see dress code) and respect others at our events.”
Could you define this “fine male dandy attire” dress code? What are your favourite suppliers?
For me, dandy attire is the idea of putting a bit of your own personality and style into an outfit but also conveying elegance and refinement. To build on the idea’s and conventions of male fashion of the past, not to just copy them but to show knowledge of being stylish. Some of my favorite suppliers of clothing are: Darcy Clothing & Savvy Row, I also search vintage shops and auctions sites like eBay.
What do you like to sew?
I love to sew mainly 18th & 19th Century male attire and accessories. My favourite fabric would have to be Silk Velvet – I love the way it feels to work with and the elegance it conveys when worn. I would recommend the books Men’s 17th and 18th Century Costume, Cut and Fashion by R.I.Davis and The Victorian Tailor by Jason Maclochlainn.