GEOFF CRESSWELL IN PADDINGTON

In a new series of profiles, I’m focusing on capturing the man on the street in a single portrait and a conversation. This week, the fascinating life of Geoff Cresswell, a hairdresser originally from the U.K. who brought the mod movement to the eastern shores of Australia.

AUDIO INTERVIEW

Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in the garden at Kinfauns, March 1965

Photo: Henry Grossman

Q: “So how did you meet George Harrison, what was that first meeting like?”

Pattie Boyd: “There were three of us schoolgirls on the train and the train left London, left Paddington Station, and then it stopped, and four familiar figures jumped on to the train, and they all came into our carriage to introduce themselves. And I thought, ‘ah, my god, George Harrison is so good looking!’”

Q: “Did he ask you out straight away, or how did it transpire?”

PB: “He did, he asked me out at the end of the day’s shooting. And unfortunately I had to say no, because I had a boyfriend.”

Q: “You say that, but it’s really difficult to believe!”

PB: “I know, I know - I felt that I would be disloyal to my boyfriend if I… he was expecting to have dinner with me that night. And these were the days before mobile phones, so I couldn’t call him!”

Q: “And make an excuse.”

PB: “Exactly.”

Q: “But, as it happened, you started dating and you later got married; what was it like to be thrust into this world of the most famous men on the planet?”

PB: “I loved it to begin with, but then it became quite difficult because we weren’t free enough to go where we wanted to, because there were always fans, everywhere you go, there are fans. Even if you go out for dinner, somebody will come in the middle of a conversation and ask for an autograph. It’s quite a difficult life to be with somebody who’s so well known.”

Q: “And you weren’t used to that at all before, so was it a change of reality from one day to the next, or how would you describe it?”

PB: “Almost like that, yes. It almost was. I mean, one day I was just a model, like lots of other girls, running around London and then the next day I was dating George Harrison and suddenly my life changed.” - Radio Prague interview, 12/10/2009

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Mr Paddington Brown.

Like a lot of people, I was appalled when I saw that Paddington Bear was recently cruelly and senselessly beaten with the ugly stick.

My friend Eimhin McNamara made this illustration of Paddington, with the original red hat. I gave him the black hat of the animated TV series because that’s how I think of Pastuso, and to show that it’s not adaptation I object to, but pissing all over a lovely character by giving preference to CG fur over good design.

Prints available here.

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TOMMY TUDEHOPE IN PADDINGTON

This week’s Profile is on Tommy Tudehope, a Sydney based social media consultant who has a great appreciation for tailor made goods. It aims to showcase how special attention to detail can bring ones personal style to a whole new level. 

THE RUN THROUGH

1. My navy suit is a staple in my wardrobe. It is far more versatile than a black or grey suit and I can easily mix and match it with other combinations. With this particular suit, made by Patrick Johnson, I was after something lightweight that could easily be worn on hot summer days but also in winter with an overcoat or vest.

2. This suit in a “Prince of Wales check” is a much heavier woollen cloth that is well suited to the cooler winter months. However, given that the suit is unlined the fabric breathes easily on warmer days and avoids that body hugging look. I rarely wear black shoes, much preferring the versatility of varying shades of brown in suede and leather. I like how the blue laces on my Crocket and Jones bring out the subtle blue line running through the checks.

3. My coat made by Patrick Johnson is probably my favourite made to measure piece in my wardrobe. The cloth is a gun check wool and is particularly bold when matched with an orange or brown tie. Sports coats aren’t usually considered a young man’s go-to item but they area a great way to alter the look of your suits and experiment with different features like lapels and pocket styles.

Fashion credits: Suits all made to measure by Patrick Johnson. Ties by Drakes for P. Johnson. Shirts made to measure by Peter Lee in Hong Kong.  Ray Bans sunglasses. Daniel Wellington watch. Pocket Square by Drakes. Crockett & Jones suede shoes with Incu laces and Meermin Tassel Loafers (from Spain).

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