Re: Macaroni's and dandys
- In a message dated 6/23/99 11:46:48 PM Central Daylight Time,
<< There were still vestiges of Macaroni-ism in
London up until around 1807-8 when the influence of Brummel began to make
its mark. Fox, and the Whigs though tended to wear the colours of blue and
buff, which are the colours of the American Revolutionary army, to annoy the
King. Fox died around 1808 (or thereabouts). >>
Very true Anne, though by that time Fox et al had long given up true
Macaroni-ism and had, as you say adopted blue and buff as their colours. But
I still don't understand the use of the line 'stick a feather in his cap.
etc' once the Macaroni fashion in its extreme form had ceased to be
fashionable. It would be like making a joke about 'drainpipes' in the mid
1970s or 'bell bottoms' in the early 90s.
Actually Brummel first came to the notice of the Prince in the late 1770s
(before he had left College) and promised him a commission in the 10th
Hussars on this occasion. Brummel was the leader of fashion from 1799 to 1810.