Monday, April 9, 2012
Anya Phillips was one of the first punk models and was involved in the NYC punk scene in her early twenties, while working as a dominatrix. In her short lived life, Anya was the manager and girlfriend of New York-based musician James Chance (aka James White)and was also the co-founder of legendary New York nightclub the Mudd Club. Her influence on the fashion, sound and look of the New York-based No Wavescene of the late 1970s, continues to be in fashion today. So much a part of the scene, she was a friend and designed clothing for Debbie Harry and was also involved in New York City's late 70s underground film scene, appearing in Amos Poe's The Foreigner in 1978. There's a Mudd Club story that she punched out a girl cause she didn't like the way she was dancing...a real New York kind of girl.