Daphne Guinness is one of the most recognized couture collectors and to say she is a fashion insider would be an understatement. She’s infamous for buying the entire Isabella Blow collection at Christie’s auction, (she didn’t want it to be scattered), has her own eponymous Comme des Garçons fragrance, spends hundreds of thousands on couture every year and donated most of her married wardrobe to a woman’s charity after her divorce. Her style precedes her and now she is giving us an intimate glimpse of her world and her coveted closet; Daphne Guinness presented by The Museum at FIT until January 7, 2012, features haute couture from Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Givenchy and Lacroix alongside never before seen garments from her close friend Alexander McQueen as well as pieces from Rick Owens, John Galliano, Azzedine Alaia and Gareth Pugh. Another feature is her amazing collection of accessories, (many which she collaborated on), and the famous custom made shoes by the likes of Christian Louboutin and Noritaka Tatehana.
Daphne Guinness is co-curated by Daphne Guinness and Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, with the assistance of Fred Dennis, senior curator of Costume. Ken Nintzel´s exhibition design was inspired by Daphne’s New York apartment.