He currently has two book projects in development:
PsychoDandy (Qu’est-ce-que-c’est?) is a culmination of academic papers Barón-Nusbaum has presented on the subject of violent men who utilized fashionable apparel as a means to mask their criminality. The thesis of the book expands the limited, accepted codes of conduct for sartorial-obsessed males as previously defined by the French dandyisme philosophies of Balzac, Barbey d‘Aurevilly, and Baudelaire, largely centered on the mythology of the inert, self-absorbed Beau Brummell (1778-1840). The legends surrounding Brummell have recently been widely discredited by his biographers, but rather than try to debunk the weak premise of French dandyism, he proposes an expansion in the way that fashionable males are analyzed. He cites examples of fashion-minded criminal figures that existed simultaneously in France and the Ottoman Empire from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Instead of linking them to dandy prototypes like Brummell, he specifies a subcategory to define them: the PsychoDandy.
Chequer’d Past: Context, Continuity and Commercialization of the Commedia dell’Arte Costume is a transhistorial study of imagery related to commedia dell’arte, intending to establish a methodology both in relation to its wide-reaching scenographic function and to the larger commercial influence it has had on the world of fine art, interior design and fashion. It will be the first text to comprehensively discuss commedia related costume artifacts belonging to the 17th and 18th centuries, especially in the categories of garment forms, marionettes, commercial engravings and ceramic figures that were previously refuted as corrupt performance artifacts.
This work seeks to: