Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Daphne Guinness x NOWNESS x Christie's

With an auction at Christie’s next month in which fashion icon Daphne Guinness is to sell select pieces from her to-die-for personal couture collection (including McQueen, Balenciaga, Chanel and Alaïa) - NOWNESS gifts us a double-feature from filmmaker Johnnie Shand Kydd presenting an insight into the life of the muse who collects couture in the same way connoisseurs of music collect memorabilia.

In conversation with celebrated auctioneer Simon De Pury, Part 1 (Collecting is a Wonderful Thing) sees Guinness discuss her own fascination for collecting art; and in Part 2 (Tell Me Daphne) she explores space travel and the transformative power of clothing - something she is well versed to discuss having consistently demonstrated her intrepid approach to avant-garde fashion culture, becoming a creator and style governess in her own right.

Guinness, who also co-curated a display of her wardrobe for the FIT museum in late 2011/early 2012, is donating all proceeds from the Christies auction to the Isabella Blow Foundation, which supports new and emerging talent in art and fashion. The auction will take place on June 27 at Christie’s South Kensington sale room (85 Old Brompton Road, London) and the contents of the sale will be on public exhibition at Christie’s from June 23-27 inclusive.

Image © Christies

Pat Frost, Director of Christie’s Fashion Department said: “We are delighted to be offering the fashion world this incredible one-off opportunity to buy some of the most iconic and cutting-edge haute couture of the early 21st century, owned and worn by Daphne Guinness. Not only will the auction comprise exceptional designs by the likes of McQueen, Chanel, Balenciaga and others, but it will also aptly benefit and shape the designers of the future. Christie’s is very proud to be able to play a part in helping Daphne to achieve her forward-looking and charitable aim.” 

Isabella Blow, 1993 © Steven Meisel (Devil Paradise Feathers Hat by Philip Treacy)

The auction will include a strapless "bubble dress" by French couturier Christian Lacroix; a silver minidress by the late Alexander McQueen; a white silk mini dress by Christopher Kane and a selection of heel-less shoes by Norita Tatehana which have become a Guinness signature as much as the platinum stripe in her upswept coiffure. 
Auction prices begin at £300 with the more must-have haute couture pieces by Alexander McQueen and Chanel expected to sell between £15,000 - £20,000. 
Uh huh, take a rich sugar daddy with you.

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