Daphne Guinness collects 10-inch platform heels and couture garments the way some extreme connoisseurs collect artwork or memorabilia. She amasses them in nearly unbelievable quantities.
In a detailed interview with The New Yorker for a profile published this week, the brewery heiress told the magazine she had 2,500 pieces in her wardrobe, along with 450 pairs of shoes — nearly all by the most sought after and highly recognized creators in the business.
Approximately 100 of those garments and accessories are on display at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, including haute couture from Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Lacroix and Valentino. The ”Daphne Guinness” exhibition is one of only a handful the space has dedicated to what FIT calls “individual women of style,” or “style icons.”
Guinness, who consistently demonstrates her intrepid approach to fashion, has become a creator and style governess in her own right, stimulating the designers with whom she has grown close. One such designer and friend was the late Alexander McQueen. Two dozen of his garments that have never previously been displayed are featured in the exhibit.
In addition to her wild bleach-and-black striped mane, Guinness has become known for her unpredictable public comments. In Rebecca Mead’s article for The New Yorker, Guinness was quoted telling her assistant “I’ll eat when I’m dead,” when urged to eat some pasta, which has stirred up the blogosphere.
The exhibit, which Guinness co-curated with FIT museum director Valerie Steele, will be on display. through the beginning of January. A book, also entitled “Daphne Guinness,” will be sold. Proceeds will benefit FIT.