Dandy Style Lunchtime Talks – Joshua Bluteau

Black wool coat with 'fighting cocks' embroidery, Alexander McQueen, 1998.

The Devil is in the Detail: why men still wear suits with Joshua Bluteau, freelance anthropologist and former lecturer, UoM.

Inspired by our current exhibition Dandy Style, we have arranged an affiliated series of six free talks by writers and researchers currently at the forefront of the exploration of men’s fashion and styling.

Five of the speakers have written chapters in our accompanying book, Dandy Style, which is available to buy in the gallery shop.

Dandy Style focuses on men’s fashion and image from the 18th century to the present day. The show explores how concepts such as elegance, uniformity and spectacle have evolved over the last 250 years.

Dr Joshua Bluteau is a Social Anthropologist and Assistant Professor in Global Healthcare at Coventry University. He formerly held the post of Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. He completed his PhD in Social Anthropology in 2018, following an extensive period of fieldwork conducted with bespoke tailors in London and online with the social media platform Instagram. His broad research interests focus on the presentation of self, digital worlds and how these intersect with notions of health, leadership and identity in a postdigital world.

Book on to Dandy Style Lunchtime Talks. – Josh Bluteau