Thursday 24 February 2011

The Honourable Daphne Guinness

May you fly straight to heaven

- but if you go to Hades –

may Lethe run with Guinness!

Daphne Guinness in Alexander McQueen for Vanity Fair. Photograph by Michael Roberts

Avant-garde heiress Daphne Guinness is extraordinary.

Sophisticated socialite. Designer muse. Mother of three. Noteworthy collector of haute couture. Model. Modern heiress of an aristocrat Irish Protestant family. Journalist. Stylist extraordinaire. Philanthropist. On-and-off-again girlfriend of a married French philosopher. Undisputed style icon.

Daphne Suzannah Diana Joan Guinness was born into a life of luxury. She is the daughter of Irish brewing heir Jonathan Guinness, Lord Moyne, and French beauty Suzanne Lisney, and granddaughter of Diana Mitford, the celebrated aristocrat.

At 19, in 1987, she married Spyros Niarchos, 12 years her senior and a son of the fabulously wealthy Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos. In 1999, after having three children with him (now 19, 17 and 13), she obtained a divorce and eventually a reported settlement of $40 million.

 

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