The Spectacular Rise And Fall Of English Dandy Beau Brummell

Style changes all the time, but no man had more of an impact on fashion than Beau Brummell. Since he established the basic rules of men's fashion at the turn of the 19th century, men's style has largely stayed the same (compared to women's style through history, that is), and it was all because Brummel knew what he liked and made a point of letting everyone else know, too. He dramatically changed the way men dressed in Regency England, taking men's clothing from gaudy, flamboyant, and impractical clothing to the well-tailored garments that eventually morphed into the modern suit. 

But his story is more than just sleek tailoring and shades of black - from committing social suicide by publicly insulting the King of England to dying half-mad from syphilis, the story of Beau Brummel's life is one of stratospheric rises and catastrophic falls from grace.