Sunday, January 2, 2011

Stylish Rascals

The Rake's Progress
And Men

Styling Eugene Ong
Adam McMahon, Amadeus Serafini, Daniel Landroche, Matt Lee and Michael Hudson

If William Hogarth, the XVIII century author of The Rakes Progress, had lived today, I'm sure he'd approve of his rascal hero looking just like this. 

In fact, in Hogarth's set of paintings and engravings Tom Rakewell, the spendthrift son and heir of a rich merchant who wastes all his money on luxurious living, prostitution and gambling, and is consequently imprisoned, is depicted as a refined, soulless dandy.

I can only hope that Petit's dandies don't end up as Hogarth's!

Hogarth's set of pictures, which could be read as a modern day "story-board" or cartoon strip, inspired an opera (Stravinsky's Rake's Progress) as well as a film (Bedlam, 1946, starring Boris Karloff and Anna Lee), and countless plays and other adaptations. 
Why not this fashion spread?


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