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Daphne Guinness, the socialite and heiress known for her flamboyant style, is to auction more than 100 items from her wardrobe. Many are rare examples of couture by the world’s best known designers, part of a collection built up during a lifetime devoted to fashion.
The idea for the auction by Christie’s ,27 June 2012, was a collaborative process between Guinness and Isabella Blow’s sister, Julia Delves Broughton, as “an homage to Issie and her aims”. All proceeds of the sale will go to the Isabella Blow Foundation, which helps support the British fashion industry and nurture young students.
“It has been fun right from the start,” said Frost of the project. “We have been so pleased to work with Daphne and her team. Not only was that a pleasure, but, as fashion historians, we have had the added bonus of cataloguing some truly iconic fashion moments. Personally, I’m particularly pleased with the interplay of the worlds of art and fashion that these dresses have inspired. Fashion is a contemporary art form, in my opinion, so I am very happy when the wider world seems to share this opinion.”
“The dresses and shoes offered here are classic McQueen, so will already appeal to collectors and to fashionistas,” said Frost. “McQueen and Daphne formed an electrical circuit of inspiration and creation – their friendship is such a part of the story that pieces created especially for Daphne, lot 41, are more than the sum of their parts.”
One of the anticipated items to be auctioned is a unique metallic silver dress with a sculptural, tulip-shaped skirt, which was made for Ms Guinness by the late Alexander McQueen. It is expected to go for between £15,000 and £20,000 at the auction.