“My name is Tiffany Anne Tondut, and I’m a poet.  I’ve enjoyed an imaginative, glamorous yet sometimes turbulent love affair with clothes. From childhood through to my teens and early twenties, I used clothing as a means of time-travel or escapism, emulating silver-screen stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth. As with many young women, I dressed-up to define who I thought I was, or who I wanted to become. It wasn’t until my late twenties I truly discovered my style.

I adore glamour, yet prefer to embody the relaxed gracefulness of bygone fashions – Charleston trousers, Thirties blouses and Forties dresses. My sartorial idols include Barbara Hepworth, Kathryn Hepburn and Coco Chanel – all modern women who cut a dash with artistic individualism. When performing poetry for big events, I do experiment with clothes. I’ve made my own literary fascinators and worn quite surreal costumes (viva Elsa Schiaparelli!).

Then there’s my casual side…having inherited my mother’s bohemian gene. She used to hitch-hike her way around the world, often so poor her clothes would be held-up with safety pins. When a garment of mine is falling apart, I don’t toss it but simply do the same – shove a safety pin through the hole and wear my shabbiness with pride (Hepburn did the same).

That ‘On the Road’ look really does it for me and Kerouac had it nailed. I forget how much I love dressing as a man – lumberjack shirts, dirty white Tees and denim. In my next life, I hope to come back as a bloke, hit the pool bar with a ducktail and give Paul Newman a run for his money.”

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