As she eloquently explains in her recent article for Vogue.com, consummate haute couture collector and style icon Daphne Guinness will soon collaborate with Barneys New York on a performance art piece.
Beginning May 2, the windows of Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship will unveil a series of looks curated from Ms. Guinness’s extensive fashion archives, in addition to a selection of pieces from the former wardrobe of editor and fashion icon Isabella Blow. As she articulates in the Financial Times, Ms. Guinness’s auction-stopping decision to purchase Ms. Blow’s entire archive in 2010 was an effort to keep her dear friend’s legacy intact.
Ms. Guinness’s six-week collaboration with Barneys will include a short film that provides a glimpse into her life, and several experiential moments that use the famed Barneys windows as a backdrop. Most notably, Ms. Guinness will dress for the Met’s Costume Institute Gala in the windows of the Madison Avenue flagship. It comes as no surprise that she plans to wear a look by Alexander McQueen, the designer who once counted her among his greatest muses.
The project’s launch will coincide with the opening of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
To read more about the collaboration on Elle.com, click here.
– Tory Hoen
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