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Tim Rhys Evans in the conductor of successful choir, Only Men Aloud!
Have you always liked 1930’s style clothes?
Yes I have. When I was growing up I remember my mum saying “Timothy where have you come from? You seem to come from a different era!” I like the 30s period and the elegance of the era but I also like a more contemporary style. I think that everyone that enjoys being on stage is a bit of a show-off. I like the fact that during that time men, like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, used to look after themselves well. They, like my grandfather would wear a suit every day. It was only when the weather would get hotter than 90° that my grandfather would take off his tie.
Who was responsible for the choir’s clothes on Last Choir Standing?
On Last Choir Standing we had a stylist that chose to give each choir a different colour. We were given purple which is a regal, Roman colour.
Your wardrobe is very colourful. Tell me a little about this purple suit.
After winning Last Choir Standing I treated myself. I went to Savile Row in London for the first time in my life. And this purple suit was just a little treat I bought myself. The suit is wonderful, just look at the hanger to start with. When I wear this suit I feel great and it makes me feel special.
Has you style changed over the years?
I’ve always dressed differently. I have awful memories of my style at school. I have pictures of me with my friends at school leaving to go on a trip to Spain. Everyone else was in shorts and t-shirts and there I was in a pair of white linen trousers, navy blazer, waistcoat, shirt, cravat and a panama hat – I was 16! I looked awful. My mum says that when I was young, even when I was about two years old, I would refuse to leave the house if my underwear and socks didn’t match. So if I have a pair of blue underpants on, then my socks would also have to be blue. I’m still the same now!
Where did you get this blue and green shirt?
This is the best thing I own; I adore the designer Vivienne Westwood. I bough it on sale in London, it was a fantastic bargain. I love the cut and Vivienne Westwood exaggerates everything; the collar, the cuffs and everything else as well. Her designs are very dramatic. It has a lot of detailing and lovely buttons. You feel a little special when you wear something like this.
What do you think of the choice of clothes available for men?
There isn’t that much choice for men, so accessories are very important to me. Accessories like handkerchiefs and cufflinks.
This is a very smart suit. For what occasion did you buy this?
This is one of the suits that closest to my heart. I wore it on my wedding day last year. I was absent at one of the Last Choir Standing shows because I was getting my civil partnership. I wore it with this waistcoat, Cowboys! I adore this pattern by Cath Kidston. Before it was a waistcoat, it used to be a quilt cover until I had a friend of mine turn it into a waistcoat. It has mother of pearl buttons on it and it’s very special to me. It brings back brilliant memories of my best day ever.
What does the future hold for Only Men Aloud, are you going to change your image?
Like Madonna, I believe it’s important to try new things, and always think to the future. So, at the moment we are talking about what’s next for the choir and what’s next for Tim Rhys Evans!
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