Daphne Guinness: Closet Exhibitionist

Visual vagabond – we have seen new vistas through your vast imagination.

Shimmering shaman – you have guided us in the darkest, unadorned hours.

Priestess of precision – you balance on tip-toe with the weight of the worn world on your shoulders.

Maestro of modern mode – we enjoy your symphonic ways.

Enigmatic Eve – we catch a fleeting, fluttering glimpse of you, at times.

Couture curator, creator – we are drawn into your universe.

Daphne Guinness, an exhibit featuring approximately one hundred garments and accessories from the private collection of one of the world’s most creative wearers and makers of clothes, opens at The Museum at FIT tomorrow.

Running until January 7th, 2012, the exhibit will also display images, videos and films of Ms. Guinness. Like the clothes themselves, some of these have been created by her as well.

Along with her own designs, items from Chanel, Valentino, Alaia, Givenchy, Lacroix, Dior, Tom Ford, Gareth Pugh – and over two dozen of her dear friend, Alexander McQueen’s pieces, that have never before been on display – will be on view.

Her collaboration with metalsmith and jeweler extraordinaire, Shaun Leane, as well as hats by Philip Treacy and alas – the shoes we are all in awe of – will surely be draws for both the curious and the serious, among us.

The exhibition is co-curated by Daphne Guinness and The Museum at FIT’s director and chief curator, Valerie Steele. Here is a preview of some of the items that will be on display.

Daphne Guinness. Photo by René Habermacher on Exshoesme.com
Top marks to FIT for this initiative! Photo of Ms. Guinness by René Habermacher.
Daphne Guinness FIT Exhibit Preview Black Velvet Military Jacket and White Shirt by Daphne Guinness on Exshoesme.com
A jacket and shirt ensemble designed by Daphne, is paired with punk shop tights. Perfect.
Daphne Guinness FIT Exhibit Preview Alaia Eyelet Dress on Exshoesme.com
She has an eye for Alaia eyelets.
Daphne Guinness FIT Exhibit Preview Feathered Chanel Jacket on Exshoesme.com
I can see her in this frothy Chanel couture jacket – with a raised eyebrow to match. Natch.
Daphne Guinness FIT Exhibit Preview Shimmering Chanel Dress on Exshoesme.com
A shimmering Chanel – flaptastic.
Daphne Guinness FIT Exhibit Preview Feathered Collar Valentino Coat on Exshoesme.com
She has an equal affection for tailoring and frou. A fine balance.
Daphne Guinness FIT Exhibit Preview Lacroix Ruffled Coat on Exshoesme.com
No couture collection could be complete without Monsieur Lacroix!
Daphne Guinness FIT Exhibit Preview Balmain Dress on Exshoesme.com
The weight of that worn world will be carried well on Balmain-ed shoulders.
Daphne Guinness FIT Exhibit Preview Chanel Dress on Exshoesme.com
A demure shift from Chanel. Subtle elegance.
Daphne Guinness FIT Exhibit Preview Gareth Pugh Dress on Exshoesme.com.
Room with a Pugh.
Daphne Guinness FIT Exhibit Preview Alexander McQueen Dress on Exshoesme.com
One of many McQueens in the show.
Daphne Guinness FIT Exhibit Preview Alexander McQueen Porcelian Leaf Sandals on Exshoesme.com
The McQueen dreams shoe. I dreamt of it. Did you?
Daphne Guinnes FIT Exhibit Preview Alexander McQueen Zippered Platform Boots on Exshoesme.com
Together, Lee and Daphne stood so tall. Sadly, she wore these to his memorial.
Daphne Guinnes FIT Exhibit Preview Alexander McQueen Studded and Spiked Boots on Exshoesme.com
McQueen’s weapons of mass adoration.
Daphne Guinness with Phillip Treacy at The White Fairy Tale Love Ball in a McQueen Gown on Exshoesme
Daphne Guinness with Phillip Treacy at The White Fairy Tale Love Ball in a McQueen Gown. Photo: PacificCoastNews.com.
Daphne Guinness FIT Exhibit Preview Red Shoes Without Heels on Exshoesme.com
Red or dead. Heightened consciousness, to be sure.
Daphne Guinness in The Glove. Photo by Nick Knight on Exshoesme.com
Wearing The Glove by Shaun Leane in a photo by Nick Knight – with whom she collaborated for this exhibition.
Daphne Guinness FIT Exhibit Accompanying Book Cover. Photo by Kevin Davies on Exshoesme.com
Of course, the ex will have an accompanying book. Cover photo by Kevin Davies.
Daphne Guinness preparing for the exhibit. FIT photo on Exshoesme.com
Ms. G getting into her work – preparing for the show, a few weeks ago.

More Daphne.

See her in the McQueen zippered platforms at his memorial, here.

Images, unless otherwise noted, are all courtesy of the Museum at FIT.

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