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Grayson Perry

Since winning the Turner prize in 2003 for his illustrated pottery, the transvestite Perry has become a pantomime figure of the British art scene. Is this just celebrity transgression, or something more?

By Duncan Fallowell   February 2006

Grayson Perry lives in a charming Georgian house in a leafy square in central London. “Would you like tea or something stronger?” he asks in a rich, deep Cockney voice. “And toast? I always have toast around now.”

I ask him if he dresses up only for performance. [He is dressed normally in white shirt and jeans.]

“No, it’s not performance ever. I dress up ’cause I want to. The ideal transvestite experience is walking down the street with a mirror held in front of you, but the minute I step out into the street dressed up, the street…

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