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

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - by MOL­LIE MANS­FIELD news­[email protected] @MENnews­desk

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

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