Jewels in Antony Price circa 1996
I met Antony Price at a party for Elton John at the Embassy Club in London in 1982. I was speechless when he sidled up next to me (without formal introduction), and announced “you must be in my Campden Palace show next week! Practice walking with a rope tied around your knees.” He introduced me to his manager, Rick, instructed him that I would come to the shop the next day to be fitted, and disappeared as quickly as he’d appeared. I was trembling with excitement and intrepidation – I’d never done a show before.

I sauntered into the Kings Rd. shop the next afternoon. Antony was not there, and Rick obviously did not recognize me from the night before. I was too shy to say anything, so I quickly bought a maroon taffeta frock with a huge bow on the bum (that I couldn’t afford) and scampered out. I wore that dress to the MTV Awards later that year when Duran Duran won a couple awards, so it was not a complete loss even if I did skip lunch for the next six months to pay it off.
The Wedding Dress influenced by My Fair Lady

A year later we bumped into Antony again, and he enquired as to why I never showed up for the fitting? “How typically Piscean of you” was his reply when I explained. It was the summer of our infamous after hours parties to which Antony became a frequent participant – which in turn led to his designing my wedding dress (that was more like trying to dance with a rope tied around my ankles than walking with one around my knees) amongst many others. Antony was present the evening that I decided in a drunken stupor that everyone needed grilled cheese sandwiches (I have no idea why, or how I managed not to burn the entire place down), but when I reappeared with a plate full of burnt offerings he quipped “Oh look! Mum’s baked a cake!” Everyone fell about laughing.
The Crocodile Dress
All of Antony’s dresses had fabulous names like the crocodile dress – a moss green lace number that was short in front, but had a long detachable train, the dog-tooth Mommy Dearest suit, and the sexy red siren Jessica Rabbit dress. I’ve saved every last one of them, lovingly packed away for the day there is a lifetime retrospective for the old dear.
The Mommy Dearest Suit
Normandie Keith told me that when a mutual friend bequeathed her Antony Price dresses to her recently, they actually discussed how “no one could wear Antony like Julie Anne.” Certainly one of the most flattering compliments anyone has ever given me considering Antony has dressed everyone from rock royalty to real royalty. He has a gift for making women irresistible to men, and vice-a-versa with his mastery of tailoring and foundations in addition to his endlessly inspired designs.
The Jessica Rabbit Dress
Making something more appropriately elegant than those drunken grilled cheese sandwiches for a dinner party this week made me think of Antony. I’m not sure if it was all the lace frocks he made me through the years, or molding the baskets into shape (I’m sworn to secrecy on his process) that influenced me more? Those were heady days indeed.
“Oh look, Mum’s baked a better cake”
Why not dress your next dinner party up with these completely edible yet elegant salad baskets?
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  • July 16, 2010
    10:15 am

    I love this blog!! you are indeed a lucky girl!! That Jessica Rabbit dress and YOU…WOW!!! Colleen xxx

  • July 16, 2010
    12:40 pm

    Is he the same designer who designed John Taylor's red silk suit? Must be the very same. I was in love with that suit and I didn't care that I wasn't a man! LOL! You look a real stunner that Jessica Rabbit dress! Some of those dresses will come back in fashion and you will just may have to go retro to some big outing Julie Anne! :)~April

  • July 16, 2010
    3:44 pm

    You do bring a feminine elegance to Antony Price that I've never seen anyone else do when they wear his work. Every other woman looks like a real vamp man eater in them, but you somehow transcend that. It's given me a whole new view on his fashions… but I'm still not brave enough to purchase and wear one. I prefer to hide behind the plafulness of Westwood. The world – including me – just isn't ready for me in Antony Price, LOL!Though I'm dying for my friend Liz to wear her one creation of his. Apparently it will exit her wardrobe for nothing less than the presance of Bryan Ferry.Thanks as always for sharing.

  • July 16, 2010
    4:43 pm

    You are fabulous!!!!xxxxColleen Moffatt

  • July 16, 2010
    4:43 pm

    Love this story. ♥Kim Phillips Cuccia

  • July 16, 2010
    5:32 pm

    Thanks 4 sharingShannon Marie Moyer

  • July 16, 2010
    5:32 pm

    Great blog as usual Jewels!!! Thanks for sharing,great pics,beautiful costumes.MariFer Cruz Ortega

  • July 16, 2010
    7:38 pm

    OMG an Antony Price restrospective….now if only some bright spark at the V&A would think of that. Thanks for sharing this again

  • July 16, 2010
    9:32 pm

    Jewels – I love that picture of you. You still look beautiful. You are ageless.Stuart Drexler

  • July 16, 2010
    9:32 pm

    Thank you, now I'm blushing!

  • July 16, 2010
    9:34 pm

    Love love love these memories- I would kill to see all the goodies you must have tucked away in your closet!!! Your daughter is so lucky- does she ever raid your closet??Maria Dollas

  • July 16, 2010
    9:34 pm

    Oh to inherit YOUR closet!! Nice blog as per!!Justine Owls

  • July 16, 2010
    9:35 pm

    I remember your stunning wedding gown and always wanted it when I got married :) I still love it today!!Natalie Cowen Gonzalez

  • July 16, 2010
    9:40 pm

    I don't think Tatjana wants to raid my closet – she's not that into Vintage, and unfortunately anything new lacks the labels she'd be into.

  • July 16, 2010
    10:00 pm

    Fabulous work.

  • July 16, 2010
    10:21 pm

    Your wedding dress was one of the most beautiful dresses of the 80's! It was original and I've not seen one like it since.Dorah Caulfield

  • July 16, 2010
    10:23 pm

    I would love to instead! ;)Martina D' Epifanio

  • July 16, 2010
    10:25 pm

    Well, there's always a fashion museum when you're ready to give them up.Justine Owls

  • July 16, 2010
    10:28 pm

    Jewels, I've kept the Hello mag with the feature on you (the Mommie Dearest herringbone suit pic was one of my faves) since it first came out as inspiration to stick to my diet!I agree, no one can wear Antony Price the way you can. Very inspiring and entertaining blog post, as always!Jodi Silverman Zulueta

  • July 16, 2010
    10:58 pm

    Thanks Dorah – the picture doesn't even do it justice. It was hand died silk under chantilly lace with thousands of hand sewn mother-of pearl sequins. I think it is such a shame that so much work goes into an exquisite dress that you only wear once in a lifetime.Justine, I'm fairly certain that the V&A Museum in London will do a retrospective of Antony's work one day.

  • July 16, 2010
    11:40 pm

    Love all the pics Julie Anne. So, so glamorous and yes, only you can wear Antony Price so well. It all must seem like yesterday wearing those gorgeous numbers. So loving the parmesan baskets right now. What a brilliant idea. Cannot wait to give that one a go. Fantastic! Aussie Mum

  • July 17, 2010
    1:25 am

    I love the Jessica Rabbit dress, very pretty.:)Adelle Medberry

  • July 17, 2010
    1:26 am

    Looking @ it, you can tell that a lot of hard work and time was put into making it. You being you, can make anything look gorgeous and that includes the boot!Dorah Caulfield

  • July 17, 2010
    1:37 am

    Yeah – the Jessica Rabiit dress is a man magnet Adelle.

  • July 17, 2010
    10:17 am

    I think of all the fashion pics, your wedding dress stood out the most for me back in those days and the Mommy Dearest now. I remember showing a friend your wedding dress picture and pointing to the shoes saying, those are the ones I want when I get married. Sadly, I never got married or got the shoes. Good karma and an interesting man just never came my way. However, I look at your pictures and smile at how wonderful you looked then and even more now. What a truly nice person you are to share such personal memories with everyone. As always, thank you for these stories with all of us. It just makes my day when I read a new post in your blog! Hope Daisy is behaving and not trying to make you run in your new "boot".

  • July 17, 2010
    5:32 pm

    Just found your beautiful blog. Great post!

  • July 17, 2010
    11:46 pm

    Great pics Julie Anne and a wonderful blog.Love the parmesan baskets….what a fantastic idea. I must try this soon.Aussie Mum

  • July 19, 2010
    3:14 am

    These wearable pieces of art are simply amazing JA.. Antony is a gorgeous designer. And, you are just stunningly gorgeous in these wonderful designs… What wonderfully amazing memories you have and bless you for sharing them with all of us.laura

  • November 13, 2011
    1:05 am

    Lordy, I have loved reading your Antony Price entries early this Sunday morning. Appropriate, really, as Tone is something of a religion for me (too young to remember it first time around, other than as a boy DESPERATE to be Amanda Lear on the cover of For Your Pleasure).

    Simply stunning.

  • November 13, 2011
    9:00 am

    Haha -I was just admiring Amanda Lear on that cover – Bryan Ferry had an exhibition of all the Roxy Music album covers up along with the photos of Kate Moss he had done for his last album at a gallery just down the street from me here in LA. I was a little ticked Antony got no mention.

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