Becoming Dandy Mott From 'AHS: Freak Show'

I can't seem to get enough of this scene-stealing brat.
Publish date:
November 20, 2014
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If you've been watching American Horror Story: Freak Show, then you know that Dandy Mott has quickly emerged as one of the season's most compelling characters.

He's my personal favorite, although I did have to briefly reconsider this assessment after he (spoiler alert!) plunged a knife into Patti LaBelle, one of the all-time GREATEST divas. Still, I can't seem to get enough of this scene-stealing brat, which any of my friends will tell you is pretty surprising, since my favorites are almost NEVER boys!

But Dandy isn't any ordinary boy. I imagine most people think of him as just an entitled sociopath, which, fair enough.

I see him more as what I would call a "queer aesthete." By queer, I don't necessarily mean gay. I just mean that he's a somewhat gender ambiguous outsider who is uninspired by boring straight people--and his most significant relationship is with his mother.

And by aesthete, I mean that he channels all his weirdness into art. When his mother refuses his desire to become a thespian, he decides to make the most glorious, entertaining, violent, and glamorous mess that his circumstances will allow. And who can blame him?

So I figured if Dandy can't perform, the least I can do is perform as Dandy.


Dandy's curls are the key to his look. Get the hair wrong and you're just another douchebag prepster. Having the right length helps, but you could probably find a short wig and style it accordingly.

To begin, I wet down and towel-dried my hair. Then I saturated it with gel--any gel will do.

After parting it down the middle with a classic styling brush, I shaped the curls with my fingers. Thankfully, I have wavy hair that curls pretty naturally at the tips.

Finally, I let my hair air dry into place, then sprayed it to ensure the curls would hold their position.


First and foremost: if you are a person who grows facial hair, shave thoroughly. We’re talking about a boy who drinks cognac from a baby bottle--this is not the time for hipster scruff. I actually shaved with AND against the grain to look as juvenile as possible.

Dandy's look doesn't really require any makeup, but I decided to use a touch of blush, influenced by the show’s promotional posters, which were designed to look like antique colorized black-and-white photographs.


I finished off my look with some upper class swag. Thankfully, my boyfriend is from Grosse Point, Michigan, aka one of the preppiest towns on the planet, so all I had to do was raid his closet.

Look for Brooks Brothers pastels, and find items you can layer, like collared shirts with jackets or a cashmere V-neck sweater. Major bonus points for ascots! I didn't have any silk scarfs on hand, so I had to improvise with a napkin. The mustard yellow isn’t ideal, but I’m a starving artist, dammit, I work with what I've got.

With my Dandy look all set, I'm ready to have some fun, Mother! You can find me in St. Petersburg, where they have REAL caramel corn.

  • What do you think? Is Dandy's look wearable?
  • Are you liking this season of AHS?
  • What did you think of last night's episode?!