Born in Germany, Philip Mann has lived in London since 1988 and has a degree in the History of Art. He has written for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Vogue and has lectured on matters of taste in Paris, Vienna, New York, Bern and London. In 1994 he curated the comprehensive retrospective of the Archigram group at the Kunsthalle, Vienna. He co-edited the anthology “Geld muss man in der Tasche haben, sonst geht das Schwein nicht aus dem Wege: Bittbriefe von W. A. Mozart bis Henry Miller” published by Berlin Press in 2008. He also contributed essays to various books including “Höflichkeit: Aktualität und Genese von Umgangsformen” published by Wilhelm Fink Verlag in 2002 and “Ernährungsgrundlagen für den leidenschaftlichen Trinker” published by Metrolit in 2013.
His book The Dandy at Dusk – Taste and Melancholy in the 20th Century was published by Head of Zeus in 2017.