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Daphne Guinness Fashion Exhibition at FIT Features Extraordinary Couture Collection

Wednesday Sep 21, 2011

Daphne Guinness, one of today's most original fashion icons, is the subject of The Museum at FIT's new exhibition, Daphne Guinness which opens September 16th in NYC and is on view until January 7th 2012.

The opening reception celebrated the exhibition with some Guinness's favorite fellow fashion icons: Oscar de La Renta, Valentino, Zac Posen, Christian Siriano and a host of other notables including Stefano Tonchi, Linda Fargo, John Dempsey, Patrick McDonald and Susan Bartsch.

Guests sipped on Kim Crawford Wines, including a sauvignon blanc, while ogling approximately 100 garments and accessories from Guinness's personal collection which included the likes of Chanel, Nina Ricci, Christian Lacroix, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Valentino, Gareth Pugh, Tom Ford and Rick Owens.

Daphne looked dazzling with her platinum-and-black striped hair, towering ten-inch heels, and chrome colored sequined dress by Hogan McLaughlin, a 22-year-old newcomer to the fashion world. From her to-die-for couture collection to her amazing jewelry, Daphne Guinness completely embodied the rarified personal style of a fashion icon.

"She is one of the-if not the-most stylish women living," said designer and film director Tom Ford. Her fans in the blogosphere describe her as "the ultimate fashion fantasy."

The Daphne Guinness exhibition reveals how Guinness, who is not only a serious collector of couture but also a creative force in her own right, uses fashion to transform herself. As her friend, art historian, John Richardson, puts it: "She's the object of her own creativity. Her persona is her own masterpiece."

"She is one of the - if not THE - most stylish women living," said designer and film director Tom Ford.

Although Guinness has inspired some of the world's greatest couturiers-from Karl Lagerfeld to Valentino -she says that she is "not a muse," but more like "a bee" flitting from one designer to another. This is proven by the array of designers whose work is on display.

Another exhibition highlight is the wide range of extraordinary accessories, many of which were created in collaboration with Guinness. These include Philip Treacy's hats and Shaun Leane's "armor" jewelry, not to mention towering platform shoes made especially for her by Christian Louboutin and Noritaka Tatehana.


FIT Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York, NY 100001

Museum Hours
Tuesday-Friday - noon-8 pm
Saturday -10 am-5 pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays

Admission is free and open to the public.

LINK: Daphne Guinness at FIT


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