The man who lives in the Victorian Age
PAINTER LIVES HIS LIFE AS IF HE’S IN VICTORIAN ERA – AND WOULD LOVE TO MEET A LADY WITH A BUSTLE AND FEATHERS IN HER HAT
MICHAEL Koropisz lives his life like a Victorian.
The 24-year-old professional portrait painter prefers to pretend he’s living in the 1800s.
Michael only dresses in Victorian clothes and fills his house in Stockport with antiques.
Michael writes in quill and ink, refuses to watch television – and travels everywhere on an old fashioned-bicycle.
He said: “I dedicate my life to the era and have spent tens of thousands of pounds on clothing and furnishings – I don’t have a budget for my passion for history.
”My friends and family don’t share my interest and the way I choose to live my life, but that doesn’t matter to me.”
Michael claims that his love for the past initially began when he studied the Victorian era in primary school, even though his brother Bob, 20, would desperately try to get him to join in a game of football.
Michael said: “I adore everything from the era – the fashion, the morals, the aesthetics of furniture and even the music.
“I base my personality on that of a Victorian – I am very much a gentleman and always polite.
“I only listen to music written before 1900 and I attend the opera many times a year, often in my own private box.
“I also play the piano to a high standard and therefore relate to the music more.
“My main project was restoring my bedroom to an authentic Victorian room with oil lamps, a grandfather clock and gramophone which cost well over £8,000.
“The panelling and cornice alone cost £1,000.”
It’s a passion that 20-year-old brother Bob doesn’t share, but respects. Bob, a student, said: “I like my brother’s style – I like how he’s not afraid to be different.
“I think it’s actually a very classy and smart style and goes well with his whole image of being a classical painter.”
Although he sometimes gets odd glances from strangers, Michael claims that his unique sense of style and gentlemanly ways leave him inundated with offers for potential partners. He believes he is one of England’s most eligible bachelors.
“I am currently not in a relationship, but I can assure you I am not unwanted,” said Michael. “I am one of the most eligible bachelors for miles around.
“When I do decide to marry, I would prefer someone like me – a lady who wears a bustle and feathers in her hat and who could accompany me with her singing as I play the piano late into the evening.”
MAN OUT OF TIME: Michael lives every moment of every day as a Victorian. Left, brother Bob confesses it’s not his cup of tea.
TOP SHOW Michael strides out