Last fall we got a look into Daphne Guinness’s wardrobe when she showcased a portion of her clothing at the Museum at FIT. The couture collector is now giving her fans the chance to own some of her outlandish pieces, as they are being auctioned off at Christie’s this June. The auction is to raise money for the Isabella Blow foundation—a charity in her close friend’s memory. The late fashion icon, Isabella Blow, committed suicide in 2007 and Guinness bought her entire collection of clothes to preserve it in its entirety. The mission of The Isabella Blow Foundation is to continue the work of Blow, and support new and emerging talent in the sphere where art and fashion meet.
One hundred pieces from the heiress’s personal wardrobe will be auctioned off which include designs by Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Balenciaga, Christian Lacroix and others. Money generated by the Foundation will be donated to selected charities, as well as to the Foundation itself. The director of Christie’s Fashion Department, Pat Frost, commented, “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. The auction begins on June 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Christie’s South Kensington.
Daphne Guinness and the late Isabella Blow
Heeless Noritaka Tatehana ankle boots selling for £1,500-2,500 and
silver metalic Alexander McQueen dress
Black dress Daphne bought in Paris in 2006 in the Lanvin store, selling for £400-800
Christopher Kane dress embellished with Swarovski Crystals selling for £800-1,500
Yellow satin and hide Christian Lacroix dress selling for £1,000-2,000