Red feathered pillbox hats and green velvet turbans do not sit in boxes waiting for Easter in Princess Julia’s closet. Typically donned to the max in suits and satin, she says, “I’m the person that doesn’t go out of the house without make up… there isn’t a dressed down moment for me.” The dandy elegance of Quentin Crisp is one of her influences, but Julia was mostly brought up under the spell of David Bowie and Bryan Ferry’s London glam rock movement. “To make an effort dressing is no effort at all,” she says. Early in her teens, Princess Julia was running to Seditionaries and Let It Rock, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s shops in the 70′s.
A little Joan Crawford meets punk, with her tattoos as accents to peplum jackets and vintage cocktail dresses, Princess Julia is a legendary DJ who enjoys fads, but does not follow them. Suspenders with a red pencil skirt and suede lace ASOS pumps are as trendy as she gets. Unphased by standing out in her Westwood pirate patent mary janes, she considers herself a pioneer in lifestyle as well– between her love for music and writing, and her immersion into the cultural eclecticism of London. “My grandmother was stagey and flamboyant,” says Princess Julia, who feels that old ladies have the best style of all.