In 1994 Daphne Guinness was inducted into Vanity Fair’s prestigous International Hall of Fame. This would be a little more important than the Baseball Hall of Fame as it catalogs important men in women that have made important contributions to fashion and another discipline. Guinness is not only an heiress to the Guinness brewing company but is a model, philanthropist, collector, and journalist. What makes her so intriguing is her large collections of couture clothing. She Prefers not to borrow clothing from designers for events and instead purchases them. Last month you were introduced to Daphne Guiness through Nowness’ short film/documentary that followed her from choosing her wardrobe, changing in a Barney’s window, and arriving at the MET Gala. You can find that post here.
Following the death of her dear friend Isabella blow and the upcoming auction of Blow’s belongings Guinness stepped in and bought the full collection of clothing and other effects. If you are concerned about the implications of such a big financial move you can read Guinness’ well written explanation at the Financial Times website here. It is rumored the Blow’s collection will be exhibited virtually. In the article she describe’s Isabella Blow’s wardrobe as a work of art and in need to be displayed for close and distant friends. While this exhibition is still in the works Guinness is collaborating with one of Fashion History’s elite: Valerie Steele.
The exhibition “Daphne Guinness” will feature approximately 100 garments and accessories from her personal collection. The exhibit premieres September 16th of this year! This includes designs from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Azzedine Alaïa, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, and Valentino. Guinness’ own designs will also be on display including the armoured hand she designed with. The exhibition is co-curated by Daphne Guinness and Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at FIT.
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