Daphne Guinness Exhibit At FIT

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Dress and coat by Gareth Pugh. From the collection of Daphne Guinness, to be featured in the exhibition Daphne Guinness. (Photo via FIT)

FIT is featuring the extraordinary wardrobe of one of the world’s most stylish women.

“She is one of the – if not the – most stylish women living,” designer and film director Tom Ford said of Daphne Guinness. And most others would agree.

The stylish Guinness heiress is the subject of the new exhibition Daphne Guinness at The Museum at FIT that opened last Friday and will run through January 7.

The exhibit will feature Guinness’s wardrobe and was designed with her New York apartment in mind. The exhibit will be curated by Daphne Guinness and Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT.

It reportedly took two years to create and showcases over 100 garments and accessories of Guinness. These include Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Azzedine Alaia, Dior, Givenchy, Lacroix, and Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Rick Owens, and futuristic styles by young designers such as Gareth Pugh. Included in the collection, will be clothes that Guinness has designed herself and will “show her love of uniforms.”

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 will be on display,” stated F.I.T. in a press release. “A close friend of the late Alexander McQueen, the exhibition will include more than two dozen McQueen garments which have never been displayed.”

Another exhibition will feature her accessories, many of which were created in collaboration with Guinness herself reportedly including Philip Treacy’s hats and Shaun Leane’s jewelry.

Films and videos like Mnemosyne, which was inspired by her perfume, and images of and by her will be featured at Daphne Guinness.