Philippa Price’s work is a hundred times more recognizable than her face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. Case in point: One quick scroll through her Instagram will already have you at photos from early 2018. “I hate selfies,” the director and visual artist confesses. “I barely post pictures of myself. I would probably be doing a lot better if I did, but I’m like, fuck it, that’s just so not me.” Take the latter statement with a big ol’ grain of salt, because a look at Price’s résumé shows that she is doing pretty darn well careerwise. It is chock-full of names like Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Stella McCartney, and Alicia Keys. She’s the mastermind of many performances, music videos, and fashion films, most notably the 2018 Savage x Fenty show and Stella McCartney FW18 fashion films. Oh, and let’s not forget her treatments for Rihanna, Drake, and SZA’s Brit Awards performance, and St. Vincent’s “Pills” video. But it’s possibly her passion project that deserves the most praise. Price works to raise money and bring awareness to the Gully Queens, transgender women in Jamaica who live in the sewers in Kingston, fearing for their lives in the homophobic country (keep reading for more on that).
When she isn’t working on a new treatment or pulling off a revolutionary live performance, Price is trying to convince herself to relax (she’s a self-proclaimed workaholic), or vintage shopping to add more unique pieces to her already enviable closet. Sneakers and cowboy boots are the director’s footwear of choice, while her hands and arms will, nine times out of ten, be decked out in jewels and chains. “Wild, Western, clown, witch dress-up” were the words Price used to describe her personal style, and we couldn’t have agreed more. It had become clear to us very quickly, as we laid out sparkly bralettes and hung Thom Browne jackets around her apartment, that Price’s eclectic and innovative work is a direct reflection of herself. And on top of that, she’s the type of person you want to hang around and learn from 24/7. So Price, if you’re reading this, just know that we’re always down for another hang.
Click through below to see the goods and learn about Price’s “squiggly” career path, her Gully Queens project, and why she never turns to Instagram or Tumblr for inspiration.