Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Fashionslave, Jun 20, 2005.
From Crown to Toe, the Proper Elegance of Dress
Styling To Perfection By Menton.
Having an abstract would help.
Are we positive the gentleman needs help?
I did post a request for suggestions on another forum, some months ago. As I said at the time, an important aspect of my book is that is a parody of another work. This, for reasons of literary parallel, the only two titles I could imagine choosing are "The Dandy" (the original title) and "Art of Dress." The publisher had some misgivings about the former. So do I, in my more fretful moments. However, the publisher appears to have come around. And, to be honest, I just never warmed up to anything but my original.
As I remarked in my comments over on the other forum, I think The Dandy is by far the better title for the reasons I stated then. My primary reason--for the majority of you who are not participants in Dandyism.net--is that at most bookstores the few books on menswear are scattered amidst a sea of books on clothing and grooming for women. At least when a gentleman sees "The Dandy" on the spine of the book, he will know that it is a book about menswear. "The Art of Dress" could well be just another of the many books targeted toward women.
Is the title meant to be humorous? I wonder if a lot of men wouldn't be put off by a title such as "The Dandy". Feedback, gentlemen?
What do you wish to convey in the title?
I don't like the word dandy in general. I think it connotes a person who is more concerned about what he's wearing than what is going on in the world around him. Still, it may be the best available title that maintains the parallelism Manton requires.
Everytime I think of dandy I think of a plump fellow happily whistling away, doning a chalkstripe ganster suit and gaudy suspenders, WSJ in one hand, ice cream cone in the other.
Perhaps, but the vast majority of them are not likely to be Manton's target audience anyway. Besides, they are not going to be looking at clothing books to begin with.
Pit Fop, maybe.
What's the target?
(whnay. @ June 20 2005,15:22) refined. the art of dressing well.
Better Refined (IMO) "The Art of Dressing" Or for those corny fellah, (Faustian Bargain I mean you) How about "Clothes Make the Man-ton" Ugh... JJF
hm, i knew there was a reason i hadn't gotten around to reading this thread yet.
BTW on the topic: i've racked my brain on more than one occasion, and i've come to the conclusion that you're stuck with The Dandy. I feel you made yourself a bit of a Procrustean bed with your 'The Prince' analogy, at least where it concerns the title.
Manton, I've read the posts here and on that "other forum". I've also given this some thought. I think if you stick to either of those titles that you're restricting yourself. It's not only going to cost you money but it's going to cost you the audience you'd have if you picked a different title. Many people will attach negative connotations to "The Dandy" while "Art of Dress" won't communicate that the book is about dressing the man.
I think you'll need to "sell out" a bit for the greater good of a larger audience, which means more influence, and more money in your pocketbook.
Don't know what is the best marketable title, but I like the "The Dandy" -- and as Manton has pointed out previously, (at least this is my understanding): he's trying to invoke the idea of the word in its past historical usage. When Manton goes on NPR and the Morning Show, he can explain it all then. I think Manton should go on Letterman too. Except the old Letterman when he wore a sweater. I would try to get a legion of drunk Trads for his support.
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