Sunday, September 18, 2011

AN ICONIC COLLECTOR


The eccentric heiress, sociality and Fashion Icon, Daphne Guinnes is another great collector of Haute Couture. . .

The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York has just opened an exhibition that features approximately 100 garments and accessories from her personal
collection, including designs from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Azzedine Alaïa, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Dolce & Gab- bana, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, and Valentino.
Daphne Guinness' own designs are also on display. The exhibition is co-curated by Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at FIT.

As an heiress to the Guiness Brewery and a divorcee to the Greek shipping billionaire Stavros Niarchos, she has the money to buy whatever she likes.
But, after reading this interview from 2007 in The Sunday Times, I kind of like her.

She is fearless and an inspiration for many designers. She even upgraded her own collection by buying the collection of her friend and distant relative,  the late Isabella Blow last year, to preserve and keep it together. That´s nice.


On her way to the funeral of Alexander McQueen last year.
Photo: Style.com


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