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Daphne Guinness at FIT – 9/24/2011

Daphne Guinness at FIT – 9/24/2011

The fashion icon, Daphne Guinness was born on 9 November 1967 in Hampstead, London. She was acknowledge for her sense of fashion in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2010 Daphne acquired the entire wardrobe of the late Isabella Blow, a good friend and a fellow kindred spirt of hers. The eccentric Daphne Guinness’s vast collection of iconic pieces of fashion demonstrates her passion and her eye for beauty. She truly respects fashion as an art form. It is not about the quantity but the quality of the 100 pieces from her closet on display at FIT that supports her saying, “We need better things, not more. We should not pollute the world with meaningless, unused things when we can make and support things of rare and precious beauty.”

The incredibly talented designers from her closet includes: Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix, Gareth Pugh, Azzedine Alaia, Givenchy and Chanel. The exhibition is conceptualized into 6 types:
1. Dandyism reveals her love for men’s clothing from crisp white shirts to tailored jackets
2. Armor shows Daphne’s interest in metal as a material for its reflective appearance and its connotation of protection. In 2006 Daphne asked artist friend Shaun Leane to create a gold and diamond arm glove. This exquisite object of beauty is titled “Contra Mundum” (Against The World) and took 5 years to finally physicalize. It is considered as one of most intricate and extraordinary artisan jewels. (Link)
3. Chic is the most minimalistic aspect of the exhibition in which the clothes are only in black, white and gray
4. Evening Chic is her nod to the classic elegance “with a bit of chaos”
5. Exoticism exudes her unique cutting edge style
6. Sparkle evokes her girly side by the incorporation of feathers, beads, sequins and anything else that sparkle

Daphne Guinness’s style embodies the multi-dimensional layers of the classic, the punk, the girly romantic, the gentlemen and the eccentric.