The Daphne Guinness Collection – Sold to Benefit The Isabella Blow Foundation

by Katie on June 26, 2012

Unless you are a complete newbie to the blog and twitter stream you’ll realise by now that I am a HUGE admirer of Daphne Guinness, my own personal style icon and taste arbiter. What Daphne says, goes. A true lady with a huge heart and vision as well as bank balance, she has supported and nurtured new British designers and ensured their success globally by her financial and emotional support. In short, she’s a cutting edge, stylish demi-Goddess.
Effortlessly fusing the classic and the avant-garde, the Honorable Daphne Guinness has made a name for herself not only for her outgoing style, but also as a designer, artist, model and collector of haute couture. Her support often keeps designer names afloat and front of mind. (Photography above courtesy of Mario Testino)
Ms Guinness has now donated her collection (which will include 100 pieces from her personal wardrobe including Lacroix, Dior, Prada, Chanel, Givenchy, Gareth Pugh, Alexander McQueen and others) which will be sold at auction by Christies South Kensington, to benefit The Isabella Blow Foundation, taking place on 27th June 2012 and on public exhibition from 23rd-27th July at Christies, 85 Old Brompton Road, SW7. (Photography above courtesy of Bryan Adams)
Having famously bought the collection of the late Isabella Blow in 2011 so as to preserve it in its entirety, Ms. Guinness has generously decided to offer key looks from her own renowned collection for sale at Christie’s in order to launch the charity she has set up in Isabella Blow’s
memory. The mission of The Isabella Blow Foundation is to continue the work of Issie, supporting new and emerging talent in the sphere where  art and fashion meet  – a realm championed by Daphne. A portion of the funds generated by the Foundation will also be donated to selected charities.
Says Pat Frost, Director of Christie’s Fashion Department: “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 indomitable sale catalogue is a work of beauty in itself containing fashion imagery of Daphne as well as the items on sale and well-wishes from famous friends and a personal note from Daphne who says, It gives me enormous satisfaction that, almost two years to the day – my seemingly impetuous decision to purchase the entirety of Isabella’s collection, is now clearly going to set a few injustices to rights. The sale was the only practical way for me to say thank you to my friend who I carry in my soul.”
Famous friend, photographer Nick Knight says of Daphne: “You are forever riding in and saving the day! Isabella would have been so very touched by your determination and your kindness” while Amanda Harlech comments, “You have always been a light struck in the dark for the lost and the unloved.”

The praise is genuine and warranted. Where would the fashion industry be without you, Daphne?


Christies catalogue of The Daphne Guinness Collection is available to view HERE



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