Reflekt Muse: Alfred Darlington

Oscar Wilde, Mr. Darcy, or Beau Brummell are a few comparisons to musician and often labelled dandy Alfred Darlington or also known as Daedelus. In his crowded sweat filled shows you will see him in full 3 piece regalia energetically dancing amongst his baseball capped and graphic t-shirted fans. But other than being an amazing musician he is also a damn good fashion historian (although he will definitely deny this).

If you ask him where he got his clothes from a plethora of history spews out. Where he got it, the sartorial history behind it, the journey he had to go through to acquire it, the fabrication, the buttons-it's incredibly impressive how much he knows about clothes. Not just for a "regular joe" but even for a "fashion connoisseur". See the rest of his interview and photo series in Reflekt Issue º11 out now! You can buy it in our webshop or from stores on our stockists.

 

interview

What is your name and what do you do?

Alfred Darlington, but I'm also often Daedelus. Aspirationally a musician and performer.

How did your style develop?

I found my sound in the DIY 'aughts, very interested in circuit bent, invented, and manipulated. Through the very same process that had me discovering what songs my favorite producers were influenced by, digging back across recorded history, I also uncovered fashion that precursed what these bands were wearing, and followed all the way down the rabbit hole. Falling eventually into 19th century Dandyism and have been awestruck and gobsmacked ever since.

What fascinates you?

Nonverbal communication. How music emotes so loudly its sound, but also your caste and subculture. A coat can coax comment even when barely beheld. Even how hips hold sway on the imagination. We do far more not-talking, and tattle telling because of it, than we realize.

It's widely agreed that there is an invisible correlation between music and fashion. Do you feel that to be true regarding you and your music?

Mine is attempting a more visible spectrum. But yes! Fashion and music both need time to express themselves. Beautiful, context-rich languages.

What is your favourite era of dress and why?

Victoriana, specifically 1830s-50s. Really, all that goodness prior to 1861 when Prince Albert passed. Men's clothing wasn't dull grey or khaki bags, but rather the warring wear of the Regency brought up into daily attire and made fascinatingly bespoken.

How do you think people react to your style?

I feel like, in laid-back Los Angeles, I'm just another dressed up actor playing my part in their expectations of period drama. But touring around I get a lot of Lincoln or the occasional Mr. Darcy, even some Pushkin. All appreciated, if off by some decades. It's like they know that there were other clothes, in paintings, but they can't imagine how one would dare stray away from their H&M basics or Uniqlo throw away tees.

What's your go-to style trick or tip?

Wear a tie. Girls and Boys look good and great in neckwear. It can be formal, kinky, playful, and even obscuring all in one bound.

 

What is one piece of advice or pearl of wisdom you can share with our readers?

Don't shy away. We need the iconoclasts, the misfits, and awkwardly now more then ever! We all benefit from bold experiments in personal expression.  Even if a little hard on the eyes, you are noted and appreciated.

Don’t shy away. We need the iconoclasts, the misfits, and awkwardly now more then ever! We all benefit from bold experiments in personal expression. Even if a little hard on the eyes, you are noted and appreciated.

Follow his dapper life here: @daedelus