Watch Beau Brummell: This Charming Man
- 1 hr 18 min
One of the films BBC commissioned to celebrate "The Century That Made Us was Beau Brummell: The Charming Man - 2007 Beau Brummell was at one time a fop, wearing wigs, powders, and scents but changed to a dandy and as he said, washed and was neat. He changed men's dress code to understated dark suits, pants instead of knee britches, and topped off the look with a painstakingly tied tie. He even introduced champagne to clean shoes. He was so cocksure that he considered himself socially equal to the Prince Regent a friend he had made in the military. The Prince used to watch him shave and dress in the morning, but Brummell got a little too brazen when he called the Prince, fat, which definitely insulted the Prince and the friendship ended. Because of Brummell's uncontrolled gambling he was in debt and fled to France in 1816.