G2 Interview by Imogen Fox; Portrait of Maloviere with Boyarin by Eamonn McCabe (30.04.07)
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Maloviere, English Tutor
Interview by Imogen Fox; Portrait by Eamonn McCabe.
Do you dress like this every day?
Describe your style
What breed is your dog?
Some are collected and some are inherited, but mostly they've been collected over the past three decades. My boots were handmade in Northamptonshire. My shirt was tailored for me by a costumier who used to make shirts for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The velvet jacket was made by a tailor who was interested in period costume and offered to make me something. If something is wearing threadbare I replace it but using old patterns. My style hasn't really changed - I haven't shaved or had my hair cut short for 30 years. There are things that I had made when I was 18 that fit me perfectly well.
How do you keep so slim?
I've always dressed entirely to please myself. People have asked whether it is to draw attention to myself, but it's just that this feels right. At school I felt increasingly and acutely uncomfortable and out of place in contemporary clothing. I found myself increasingly confronted with a choice between being true to other people and their expectations, and in so doing suppressing myself, or allowing my own individuality to be expressed, and therefore diverging from the norm. In the end, there was no choice because I could not not be I. It was a life choice as well as a dress choice. I've never regretted it.
Do you have a historical style icon?
Do you ever wear anything modern?
How is this outfit impractical for modern living?
Well, for example, one night in my own home town in the west country, I was walking by the river with the Boy in a full-length black cloak and a deep fur hat. A police car came towards me and stopped. Winding down the window, the driver leaned out and said, "So it's true. We're new on this beat and we were told we would see a tall figure with a large white hound, and that even though it looks like a ghost, it isn't. It's a chap who lives here and he's perfectly safe and normal, but lots of people who see him will telephone to report that they've seen a ghost."
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