Stamp at Hayward on Mount Street


I was filming a piece on Hayward the tailor on Mount Street yesterday. It’s a learn as you go thing this job. Doug Hayward was a big part of a crew of people who went on to be the it crowd of the Sixties and Seventies. It wasn’t by design, it's just what happened. His roster of clients/friends is stratospherically glamorous. It started with Terence Stamp, Michael Caine, Terry O’Neil and that mob. They all became stars. Then the likes of Lawrence Olivier, Noel Coward, Richard Burton came on board until it was just everyone who mattered. Doug made suits for them all, including their Oscar outfits, of which he made fifty for winners alone.

                                                         Shrimpton and Stamp

Well documented film work included the suits for The Italian Job and Roger Moore’s dinner suits in The Spy Who Loved Me. It’s also said that Caine based his characterisation of Alfie largely on Doug's M.O.

                                                         A Doug Hayward job.

Anyway, his gaff on Mount Street, bang  opposite Scott’s, was a hang out for them all. They even had a football team. I was only there half an hour when David Cornwell (aka John Le Carre), slipped by, closely followed by Terence Stamp.  I nabbed a swift interview with Mr. Stamp who tells of his first meeting with Doug and of the suits made for the film Modesty Blaise. Note use of semi Camp Parlare code when Terence mentions Doug having an eye on the ‘Handbag’.  Stamp was both engaging and charismatic.

I’ve got one complaint though. He was wearing Crocs for God’s sake. Cant bear the things.  Not gonna spoil Terry’s post by banging on about it, but be ready, the anti Croc campaign starts tomorrow.  Stamp was ace. What a great fisog eh? Well spoken too, for the son of an East End tugboat captain. He was one of the all time players ever, going out with Julie Christie, Brigitte Bardot and Jean Shrimpton,  “Terry Meets Julie, Waterloo Station, every Friday night” (click) is about Miss Christie and Mr. Stamp.

            Modesty Blaise. Seminal matching shirt and tie moment by Michael Fish.

Also got some smashing testimony from Audi Charles, who worked for Doug throughout this period. Scintillating.  Audi throws some interesting light onto this scene. She thankfully wasn’t wearing Crocs.

Must see Stamp films:

Modesty Blaise.

Far From The Madding Crowd.

Poor Cow.

Special treat for sister Julia, Dave doing Waterloo Sunset. Oh yes. Nice one Dave.

(Now do the spelling, woman)  ( Julie, on this occasion JS)