After asking the question "Which celebrity has your favourite moustache?" I recieved a wide variation of weird and wonderful answers in order to establish an idea of just what moustaches made people "tick", the results are as followed... (voting positions based upon people's votes)...
#20- Eugene Hutz, lead singer of band Gogol Bordello.
Unusually handsome, that is all.
#19- Oliver Jeffers, animator, illustrator and children's book author (creator of the BAFTA award-winning 'Lost and Found' animated film).
Yet again, further proof that moustaches CAN be dashing, however unusal and eccentric they may look.
Though I'm sure the rather handsome face behind it may just have something to do with that...
#18- Jimmy Edwards, English Screenwriter and Comic Actor, and proud owner of a dashing set of whiskers- the cupped chin in hand setting off the look to perfection.
#17- Brandon Flowers, lead singer of band The Killers- yet further proof that you either have to be a Granddad or alluring from the start to have your moustache taken seriously. Take note Chaps.
#16- Joseph Stalin, Russian Communist Leader, and full-on walrus chops.
#15- Professor Robert Winston, British doctor, scientist, television presenter and politician. Aside from the "living legend" status that Lord Robert Winston has undoubtedly achieved, I always get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I see him on television, as he looks just like my Grandfather pre-grey days, mustache and all.
#14- Clark Gable, American actor and "King of Hollywood"- would Scarlet O' Hara have been as crazy for him without this oh-so-dandy moustache? I think not.
#13- Ringo Starr, Beatles drummer, musician and voice of Thomas the Tank Engine. They say that a moustache can hide a multitude of sins- sadly, Ringo's could not cover his entire face. The 60's eh...
#12- Sam Elliott, American actor and owner of one of the finest horseshoe moustaches the world has ever seen.
#11- Charlie Chaplin, Iconic American film and slapstick comedian. Apparently, for the majority of his career, his toothbrush Hitler-style moustache wasn't even real, yet enormously popular. What a scandal.
#10- Dick Van Dyke, American comic and actor. From a young age, I was convinced Dick Van Dyke would one day become my husband. Then again, I was judging him in his performance over forty years ago as the much-loved Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Mr Van Dyke has such a perfectly groomed and charming moustache, it's difficult for a man not to stand awed in it's presence, i'm sure.
#9- Tom Hardy as Charles Bronson (in the film 'Bronson'), considered to be the most violent prisioner in Britain. A past circus performer, Charles Bronson works the Romanian weightlifter look like a charm.
#8- Hercule Poirot, Agatha Chrstie's Belgian Detective, created for her novels (played here by actor David Suchet). Perhaps one of the most iconic moustaches of all time, Poirot's 'tache is curled, fancy and groomed to ultimate perfection.
#7- Super Mario, a celebrity in his own right, Nintendos very own podgy Italian-American plumber has captured the hearts and moustache-awe imaginations of people the world-over.
#6- Salvador Dali, Spanish Surrealist Painter and all-round genius. If I had my way, Salvador's grand moustache would be at number one- proof that sometimes a moustache really does make the man.
#5- Freddie Mercury, frontman of band Queen, oh, and perhaps the greatest man of all time. Known equally for his moustache as for his phenomenal talents and stage presence.
#4- Adolf Hitler, Austrian WWII dictator. Friends opinions, not mine, yet, undoubtedly distinctive.
#3- Barry and Paul "Chuckle", aka 'The Chuckle Brothers' of Chuckle Vision fame. Perhaps even more disturbing than the post above, these moustaches are of the rare few I have absolutely no time for. Sorry Bazza and Paul.
#2- Burt Reynolds, American Actor, silver fox, and a lover of being nude on bearskin rugs. Burt made moustaches acceptable...and, dare i say it...attractive.
#1- Tom Selleck- American actor, Magnum PI and THE GOD of all things moustachioed. The ultimate moustache-wearing 70's pin-up stud, and judging by this picture, enough testosterone for ten average men.
Chosen by friends, family and colleagues alike, Tom Selleck has been voted as having the greatest moustache...of all time.
During these early stages of research development I am considering lots of different avenues and outcomes of design that I can develop- some ideas include:
-top trumps moustache cards- will all your favourite moustached celebrities.
-a moustache growers guide- a wall chart of inspiration.
-moustache ettiquette post-it notes- how you and your moustache show behave in certain situations...