Tallulah at her home in Central London, 20th April 2012.
Name: Tallulah Brown Age: 23 Occupation: Playwright, drama assistant, singer
How would you describe your style? I would describe my style as a bit wacko – sass-pot granny meets fairy princess meets Russian peasant? A lot of colour, fur hats, skirts, big boots and tights. I got my first pair of jeans when I was 22. Win some you lose some! My clothes have always been second hand, charity shops and pass me downs. With that there are always going to be outfits you wish you’d never worn. I also haven’t really grown since I was 13, recently someone pointed out I was still rocking quite a young style. I’ve subsequently had a clear out in my wardrobe where I got rid of MOST of my ladybird kit.
What's most important to you about clothes? How it makes you act or feel. I love how you can become almost intoxicated by the outfit you are wearing, it becomes really empowering. Some of the best nights I’ve had have been due to an outfit – I’ve got a fruit bowl headdress that never lets me down.
What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe? My dad has always bought me dresses, he has an amazing eye for clothes and when I was leaving school I needed a dress for my leaver’s ball. He found this brown beige lace dress with tiny buttons up both sleeves. It fits me like a glove. I love it so much – it has holes on each elbow from me hugging people goodbye too effusively.
Is looking individual important to you? I have always dressed differently, there was a time at school (with hips hugging disasters and V neck jumpers) when I tried to tone it down but this just makes me really sad when I look back on it. I hated my figure throughout my teens and you can see that in the clothes I wore. I never wore clothes that suited my figure. It’s a liberating moment when you realise that friends won’t always rock the same outfits and wear the same clothes and everyone has to dress for themselves.
Tallulah modelling a One Off piece of her choice, soon to be available from our Outfit Gallery
What attracted you to this particular One Off piece of clothing? (above) I love the colour, the sneaky horizontal sheer stripes. It screams out sassy granny to me. I love how long and baggy it is, yet catch it in the right light and I could be naked. Slutty granny.
What's your favourite thing to do on a day off? At the moment I don’t really have days off, I’m self employed so I tend to say yes to everything and anything. If I do have a day off then I should be writing. On those days, nothing makes me happier than to get up early and sit up in bed clattering away on my computer. I drink lots of coffee, leave myself lots of time to read and think and pace around and then read parts of my script out in different voices before groaning because I think it’s crap. I’ll then lose steam at around 2 and sneak out of the flat. If I stay there then admin will take over and the day will disappear in a flurry of emails.
What's your favourite part of London? I love cycling around London and my favourite parts now relate to where the cycling route is the best. (Nothing more satisfying than a good cycle route!) I love cycling over Waterloo Bridge before walking down the Southbank when the sun’s at a good angle.
What do you want to be when you're older? I’m in a band, The Vagabond Trills (http://soundcloud.com/vagabondtrills) and they’re my main thing. Really the work I chose to do is to suit singing with my ladies because that’s what makes me happiest and that’s what I look forward to the most. Independent of that I’d like to do exactly what I do now but in one space. I’d run theatre projects from the same space (it would have to be big enough to put on shows!) and have a nice light office that I could write my plays in. Is that too much to ask for?