New York City's best-known dandy, Mr. Patrick McDonald, is no stranger to readers of Bill Cunningham's column in the NY Times. Now dandy-o-files can own a piece of McDonald and other legendary fashion horses Beau Brummell, Oscar Wilde and the Duke of Windsor
with Four Famous Dandies Paper Dolls. The dolls and their lavish ensembles are illustrated by Jim Howard and McDonald naturally wears stylish separates from his own wardrobe. McDonald is appearing at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC for a book signing on Saturday, November 20th, 2 - 4 pm. In the meantime we caught up with our favorite Dandy at Bergdorf's Windows book release party and asked him about his literary debut.

As a child did you play with paper dolls?

No, I played with my Steiff stuffed animals, withmy twin brother Michael and my Ken doll. I made Ken into the uber-dandy byre-working his outfits!

Did you ever think you would end up sharing billing with such legendsas Oscar Wilde and the Duke of Windsor?

No, It's such an honor. They have all been an inspiration tome. But, I have to say Oscar Wilde is the ultimate dandy to me. I wishthat Quentin Crisp would have been included. Maybe volume two?DandyCoverPaperMag.jpg

How did you choose which outfits to include?

I picked my favorites but I have so many it was hard to choose.I do have to clean out my closet, but I will always keep the ones in the bookand all my Paul Smith!

What does a young aspiring dandy need to become a fashion iconlike you?

Thank-you for saying that I'm a fashion icon. You aretoo! To young aspiring dandies always be yourself, march to your owndandy drum!

Your book signing is at Bergdorf Goodman. Is BG the ultimateshopping spot for dandies?

Yes. Its historyand chicness are a magnet for the modern day dandy. I first saw BGin the movie Boys in the Band and I knew that it was my place forfinery!

You love Mr. Peanut. Is he the chicest cartoon spokesmodel? Whatis about him that makes him so stylish?

Absolutely. He's a little salty and he wears a tophat and spats! I just adore him