rebecca zephyr thomas

What Would Julia Do

What Would Julia Do

Photography Art Book

What Would Julia Do is a self published art book by Rebecca Zephyr Thomas. The book features five years of photographic portraits of East London fashion, club and subculture icon Princess Julia. Princess Julia first came to public attention in the early eighties when she was the face of the legendary Blitz Club, the epicentre of the New Romantic movement. The book reflects Rebecca's close friendship with Princess Julia, who she describes as being a living embodiment of British alternative fashion and music culture, and the uniquely British celebration of eccentricity.

The book was sold at the iCA Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Donlon Books, Art Words Books and boutique Machine A in London. What Would Julia Do was reviewed by The Guardian, LOVE Magazine, iD Magazine, Showstudio, Clash Magazine, and Italian Vogue. The launch event included an installation at East London Art Gallery C and B Gallery that featured transvestites dressed as Julia and a live size card board cut out of Princess Julia, and was covered by Style.com and Wonderland magazines. The book itself is influenced by the work of LA artist Kenneth Anger and his seminal works Hollywood Babylon I and II. What Would Julia Do offers an insight to the world of Princess Julia, as well as the underground fashion, art and music community of London. It includes a fore word by writer Paul Flynn who writes for LOVE, The Telegraph and Grazia UK.