Dandizette: Female “dandy”.
Dandizette: Female “dandy”. Baudelaire defined a dandy (fem; dandizette) as “one who elevates aesthetics to a living religion”. Unlike fops, who are mere devotees of fashion, dandizette’s are defined by their insouciant, languid, almost supine pursuit of elegance in all aspects of life. Dandyism is a living religion of the etiquette of “grace in all things”. For a dandizette the style of doing something is as important as the doing.
The dandizette’s pursuit of beauty goes beyond apparel encompassing the pursuit of elegance and panache in all things; cultural, intellectual, spiritual and emotional. A dandizette cultivates skeptical reserve at all times, avoiding ugliness in all, including expressions of emotion. You will not find a dandizette in the company of those who hold dogmatic or strident opinions or views for the dandizette delights unreservedly in the aesthetics of an idea or object, and dogma is rarely beautiful.
Charles Baudelaire wrote about the metaphysical aspect of dandyism; “Contrary to what many thoughtless people seem to believe, dandyism is not an excessive delight in clothes and material elegance. For the perfect dandy, these things are no more than the symbol of the aristocratic superiority of his (her) mind.”
Dandizette role models include; the Duchess of Richmond, Madame de Pompadour, Nancy Mitford, Edith Sitwell, Coco Chanel, Diana Vreeland, Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806), Gloria Vanderbilt, Pauline de Rothschild, Elsa Schiaparelli.