Fashion

Inside Daphne Guinness' Covetable Closet at MFIT

Follow the trail of paillettes and plumes into the fashion collector's exhibit

Fashion Star: Daphne Guinness

Photo Courtesy of The Museum at FIT

Fashion exhibits are a personal obsession of mine. Given this, you can imagine my delight when a trip to The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) in New York City brought me into the closet of the honourable Daphne Guinness. Curated by noted academic and author Valerie Steele, it did not disappoint. This self-proclaimed “magpie” gathered some of her greatest frocks – from Chanel couture to futuristic Gareth Pugh, vixenish Tom Ford ensembles and otherworldly Alexander McQueen looks. Most gripping are Guinness accessories. The day I visited, onlookers stood in awe of the petite Irish lager heiress’ signature heelless Nina Ricci shoes from Olivier Theyskens’ final collection for the house. Ethereal videos of her Comme Des Garçons scent and McQueen tribute montage make this dream closet come to life. Indeed, rather than archival wear, these marvelous pieces are part of Guinness everyday wardrobe. To wit, Guinness shared with FLARE that she even ordered a second Pugh cape as she couldn’t part with it for the duration of the exhibit. Spoken like a divine eccentric. — Rebecca Fraser

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