“I just am what I am”
If you have never heard of Daphne Guinness, then you must watch at least the first video, though you really should watch both. I will let you have your own first impression because this woman is one of a kind.
Would you like to know my first impression? All I could think about was the movie Zoolander and wondered, ‘is this woman for real?’. Apparently, she is. For real.
Daphne Guinness is one of those British eccentrics we all love. Born to vast amounts of wealth, Daphne has curated an incredible collection of haute couture, including her favorite and good friend Alexander McQueen. Would you like to see what she wore to his funeral?
She also purchased Isabella Blow’s entire collection of clothing because she believed, “it needs to be kept whole; it is like a diary, a journey of a life, and a living embodiment of the dearest, most extraordinary friend. In this way all of Issie’s friends, known or unknown, near or far, both those she chose and those who identify with her, will have access to something that no one should be afraid to call by its proper name: Isabella Blow’s Work of Art.” (From here)
It was Daphne’s purchase of Blow’s wardrobe and intention to show it as art that first introduced me to this Cruella de Ville haired creature. So I did some research on her.
Daphne Guinness was married and sired three children with Spyros Niarcos before divorcing him in 1999. She was 31 and settled for around 20 million pounds. Daphne likes to spend her riches on haute couture and jewelry. She commissioned a intricate jeweled armored glove, which is reported as being, “perhaps one of the most technically advanced pieces in the world of artisan jewels.” (via here)
Stunning. I figure, if you have the funds to indulge in your every whim at least make something beautiful, right?
What irritates me about Daphne is her need to be the center of attention, while at the same time insisting she is ‘shy’ and ‘normal’. Sorry honey, but you are neither.
There is nothing wrong with being an individual, and denying it to yourself and the world undermines your influence on the art and fashion world.
“That’s why I gravitated towards people as shy as I was and we all sort of huddled together- like on a raft.” Oh sure Daphne, a big raft floating on a sea of crazy!
Though my taste runs very differently then Miss Guinness, I appreciate her understanding of fashion and the fact she is a patron who keeps the art of haute couture alive. I mean, someone has to buy those clothes, amiright?