Monday, October 10, 2011

Daphne Guinness Collection { Free Fashion Exhibit }

Last Thursday I visited The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) 
to view "A Life in Fashion: Daphne Guinness." Guinness, heir to the eponymous Guinness beer fortune, lent about 100 pieces from her wildly expensive, haute couture wardrobe to FIT's museum for it's current exhibit. Since a woman could wait all eternity and still never get an invite to Guinness' house, we have a rare opportunity to peek inside her surreal closet until January 7, 2012 (while the exhibit is still showing). And  you can check it out for FREE.... perfect for Bon Vivant + a Budget readers!
Guinness was a close personal friend of late designer Alexander McQueen, so as would be expected, this exhibit is McQueeen heavy- excellent if you missed the exhibit at the MET. Other pieces are from Azzedine Ala├»a, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, and Valentino. So many amazing pieces from so many amazing designers! 
Walls of the exhibit include some very quotable lines from Guinness. A few words particularly resonated with me... "I don't do event dressing, everyday is an event" said Guinness. What a great mantra! Guinness holds herself to a high standard of dressing, and why not?! Why save the beautiful clothes that make you look amazing, feel confident and beautiful for what you deem a special occasion when life itself is a special occasion.  That said, if you are in NYC you should get dressed and go to this FREE exhibit before it closes! 
dress: adele fado +  boots: blowfish + leather bag: trace
I especially enjoy The Museum at FIT because it is off the radar of many folks (not  over-crowded), centrally located (easy to get to) and admission is always FREE. It is a smaller museum so you can also do other things in your day! The Museum at FIT is open Tuesday - Friday 12-8pm. Saturday 10am-5pm. Closed Sunday, Monday & legal holidays. Click here for directions to the museum. Click here for more on the exhibit. 

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  1. Did the quotes include "I'll eat when I'm dead"?
    Impressive collection, but I wouldn't expect less from a very rich heiress with no other commitments and interests :)

  2. haaaa true maybe she subscribes to the philosophy that clothes look best on the hanger. I am aware that Guinness has led a very privileged life to date. However, it doesn't detract from the fact that her wardrobe is museum worthy

  3. Oh my god, this is a real art collection. I love the avangard in shapes, these shoes are like futuristic sculptures.


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