“I am an artist and ‘dressing up’ is my art” – Olivier Richomme photographs Barry, a Manchester artist utilising clothing for self-expression

Words by Barry

"I am an artist and 'dressing up' is my art".

I feel this statement resonates with me. I see wearing clothes as moving pieces of sculpture. I love clothes, I love women's clothes, I love the way women look and I love 'dressing up'.

I consider myself as 'gender fluid'. Although I use this label, I feel labels can be restricting because some people are unwilling to look beyond the label.

It has taken me years to arrive at the point where I am accepting of my choice of self-expression. I feel self-expression in any form - be it music, art, fashion, conversation, play, etc. is an important part of the human psyche that needs to be EXPRESSED!

I would say I 'dress up' more than 50 percent of the time. I go to work dressed up, I go shopping dressed up & if I am going out 'on the town' then I put more effort in.

My favourite eras for clothes and fashion would be the 60's and 70's. It seemed like a very liberating time and I feel it is reflected in the fashion.


Photographer, Olivier Richomme captures the seaside resort of Blackpool and its residents during the British summer

"Blackpool born and bred me."

Ted and Anne
"When we tell people we're staying at the Savoy they think we're dead posh but you should see it. Staff's nice though..."

"My brother runs a hotel on the prom. He's a millionaire. You know Blackpool is the only place Sinatra played twice in the same year?"

"Oh yeah take a picture of the crazy lady on a tricycle."

Jess and Liz
"I hope you're not getting the Poundland bag on there."

Alan and Linda
"We came here to watch the footie on the big screen at Ma Kelly's."

Ron, Norma and Sally
"Yeah you can take a picture of her she won't mind."

Daisy, Dora and Cecil

"I saw the Rolling Stones in 1973 at the Kings Hall in Manchester and it changed my life."

Dave and Teddy

"I'm from Glasgow, I'm no Page 3 mind."

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