Dandy Wellington is a world renowned creator of live and digital experiences. Armed with his love of music and sartorial aesthetics of the past, this Harlem born entertainer, storyteller and style activist specializes in building unique relationships with audiences and brands. Whether he’s making appearances at the Sydney Opera House or being featured in The Robb Report and Vogue, Dandy Wellington strives to translate the timeless to a contemporary world.
HBO's The Nevers x Hendricks Gin
Pictured: Dandy Wellington, Thelma Washington, and Evetta Petty with Ajak Deng
In honor of our new Chelsea flagship, our Spring 2016 campaign captures the vibrancy and diversity of our hometown with a series of images and short films lensed by Bruce Weber.
Black Apparel Arts Challenge - 2020
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd 2020, Dandy Wellington took to Instagram and issued a challenge. He encouraged the vast community of illustrators and painters to reimagine fashion illustrations of the 20th century with Black figures at the center. This simple call to action inspired over 1000 pieces of original art featuring Black models in fashion illustrations in a way never before seen in fashion history. Inspired by this ground swell of original work Dandy teamed up with illustrator Jason Raish to create and fund the FIT Black Student Illustrator Award, a no strings attached $1000 award to graduating Black students for the FIT Illustration program. $4000 was raised and awarded to 4 graduating Black Illustrators from the class of 2021.
Style As Empowerment Panel at Dapper Day - 2019
A panel discussion moderated by Dapper Day founder Justin J on personal style as a means of self empowerment or a challenge to conventions and societal expectations. Panelist included with Natty Adams (Author of I Am Dandy and We Are Dandy), Slash (Designer) Miss Golden Lady (Vintage Enthusiast) Dandy Wellington (Bandleader and Style Activist) and Darlene (Vintage Collector).
From Louis Armstrong to Dizzy Gillespie: Jazz and Black Glamour at FIT - 2020
In a conversation moderated by MFIT Assistant Curator Elizabeth Way, historian Alphonso McClendon and vintage performer Dandy Wellington discussed the influence of jazz on 1920s menswear. McClendon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fashion and Design and Merchandising at Drexel University and the author of Fashion and Jazz: Dress, Identity and Subcultural Improvisation. Dandy Wellington is a jazz singer, bandleader, and vintage style activist based in Harlem in New York City.