Candy Anthony was born in West London, on the 4th May 1971 and shares her birthday with the late Audrey Hepburn. Growing up in West London in the 1970’s at the end of the Hippie Movement, Candy was greatly inspired by her parents love for clothing; at around four years old, she and her stylish parents would spend their Saturday’s scouring Portobello Market for vintage or handmade finds to adorn. Candy’s father played keyboard in a band and created art, and as a child her world was filled with music, colour, fabric and fantasy. At around age seven, Candy loved to read, write, paint, draw and make things; especially dolls houses and small items of clothing and accessories and she dreamed to one day be able to set up her own fashion business and dress real life girls like herself.
In 1993 at age twenty-two, Candy graduated in Fashion Accessory Product Design and Innovation at The London College of Fashion, and was tutored in Cultural Studies, by the renowned designer John Galliano.
Candy realised her dream in 1996 and set up her own, small fashion business where she launched her label Candy Anthony from her micro-boutique in Kensington’s notorious Hyper-Hyper designer forum. From there, Candy designed her quirky and playful range of Club and Street Wear establishing keen followers and clients; celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Helena Christensen and the late Paula Yates. Two years on, in 1998, Candy showed her collections at the trade shows 40 Degrees and London’s Interseason where she was nominated as one of ‘The Best Cutting Edge Talent in Britain’ and her collections sold Worldwide to over 25 International Countries including USA, Canada, Japan and across Europe. That same year Candy met Alex Di Silvestro and the inseparable couple merged romance with business, as Alex became the Co-Creative Director behind the small and thriving label. The couple married in Italy where Candy wore one of her own creations.
Candy and Alex continued to maintain their ethos to design, produce and retail original and beautiful, handmade clothing always evolving from Candy’s heart and imagination. Sourcing fabrics and production in the UK and developing ideas from her studio to create luxurious, unique yet wearable garments always at the forefront and with a service at it’s best. Over the years, the couple sold one-off pieces to a tucked away boutique in the South France’s St Tropez; individual collections to London’s South Molton Street Browns boutique; designed ranges for London based Top Shop concessions; owned a stall at Portobello Market selling their collections and appeared on the Style pages of the fashion publication for the elite, Harpers and Queen.
In 2004, Candy and Alex opened their first boutique-atelier in London’s Southbank OXO Tower Wharf where Candy Anthony launched their unprecedented, successful collection of 1950’s and 1960’s inspired Bridal and Evening Wear. This debut collection paid homage to Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy, Billy Holliday and Brigitte Bardot and the Fashion journalist and Stylist for The Daily Telegraph, Hilary Alexander cited the collection as “Genius”. Collaborating with Hilary, Candy Anthony have been proud sponsors for Breast Cancer Awareness since 2009.
During their fourteen-year reign at the OXO Tower, Candy Anthony designed, hand cut and hand made individual bridal and evening gown collections in-house, largely inspired by the classic styles of the 1950’s & 60’s for hundreds of excited brides-to-be. The designers collaborated with numerous TV Productions Companies including the BBC, Channel 4 and Wedding TV and their gowns were frequently featured in leading National Wedding Publications such as Conde´Nast Brides Magazine, Wedding Magazine, You and Your Wedding and Cosmopolitan Bride. Candy Anthony exhibited at London based Wedding Shows for ten seasons and at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, in 2011.
In 2014, Candy Anthony was shortlisted for the Bridal Designer of the Year Award by You and Your Wedding magazine and that same year Grazia magazine nominated their small Boutique as “One of London’s Best Wedding Dress Shops”. More recently the Evening Standard also selected Candy Anthony among the “Best Bridal Boutiques in London”, leading the niche of 50’s Glamour.
The end of 2017 brought about change to the small business. Candy and Alex transferred their Boutique-Atelier to the heart of Italy where they continue to design, produce and develop collections of exquisite Bridal and Evening gowns and luxurious, individually handmade coordinated Shoes, Veils & Accessories.
The 2018 will see the final launch of the designer’s debut Online Boutique, to reach directly her fast growing global audience, offering a selected range of her most popular luxury gowns at an affordable price and with her direct consultation service.