Wednesday 13 July 2011

daphne guinness :: undressed on film

More Daphne ~ Fashionista extraordinaire, Daphne Guinness has been beautifully and insightfully captured in these films ~ enjoy discovering more about this icon ~ an artist who paints with her wardrobe.

Daphne Guinness Is Painfully Shy, Uses Fashion As “Armor”

In a new short film by Brennan Stasiewicz on NOWNESS, the heiress reveals that she’s always been extremely shy, and essentially uses fashion to both express and protect herself.

“As I got older and went out into the world I realized it isn’t a very friendly place to be, and I thought, 

We need armor…

When you see a suit of armor and then a portrait of the person who wore it,

you’ll see that the person was sort of tiny and a little feeble,

so they put on this great big suit of armor to look a little more frightening.

Documentary filmmaker Brennan Stasiewicz infiltrates the cosseted world of Daphne Guinness in Daphne’s Window. Featuring intimate footage of the icon at her Fifth Avenue apartment, the short follows the eccentric fashion patron and socialite as she prepares for her recent installation in the windows of Barneys New York. The storefront showcased her collection of pieces by designer Lee Alexander McQueen and a selection from the archive of fashion editor Isabella Blow, which Guinness purchased in its entirety last year. The display culminated in a performance art piece in which Guinness dressed for the Met ball in one of the flagship’s windows, modeling a lilac feathered gown designed by McQueen’s Sarah Burton. “She appears to me as someone always in a window,” says Stasiewicz. “Someone you can approach and see, but you remain on the other side.” This year brings a multitude of projects for the heiress: her sculptural armored glove collaboration with jeweler Shaun Leane (pictured in today’s film) will be exhibited by Jay Jopling in a private viewing in London later this month; and in September a retrospective at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology will pay homage to her style. “Daphne is someone to take pleasure in, and in many ways, someone who incites moments of wonder,” says Stasiewicz.  Nowness

Daphne Guinness in Vogue Italia interviewed by Grazia D’Annunzio. 

Directed by Francesco Carrozzini and edited by Massimo Finotti.

Fashion and art-loving Daphne Guinness is surely one of the most eccentric and intriguing figures of our time. Petite and curious, she considers haute couture an essential part of Western culture. She loves being surrounded by artists to absorb their genius and inspire their creativity. Vogue

In Fashion, Daphne Guinness ~ Fashion Director Alex Fury speaks with Guinness on aspects of a life rich in the appreciation of art, beauty and luxury.  This insightful interview one of fashion’s most experimental, philanthropic and inimitable characters shares her views and experiences of working and playing with some of the most significant figures in fashion and wearing some of the world’s most beautiful clothes. To see this intimate portrait of one of British fashion’s most unique forces go to SHOWstudio.


Daphne Guinness, Fashion’s Wild Child :: What Daphne Guinness is not, she insists, is eccentric. “I truly hate the word,” she said recently, a complaint uttered first in a telephone call from London and repeated from 35,000 feet above the Atlantic as she flew to the South of France for Christmas (as a stipulation of the Guinness-Niarchos divorce settlement, her children spend the holidays with their father’s family). “I’m actually very grounded,” she added. “Also, eccentrics are almost asexual, and that is not something you can say of me, by any means.” 

For Ms. Guinness, her wardrobe antics and often outlandish appearances in public “are kind of an ever-evolving art project,” she explained. “When I was a child,” being raised largely among the haute bohemians of the wealthy expatriate colony of Cadaqués, Spain, Ms. Guinness said: “I was overly serious and thoughtful, a real tomboy, always dressing up as a knight or a pirate or a red Indian. If there is anything you can say about me, it’s that I have not lost the imagination I had when I was 5 years old.” GUY TREBAY


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