A floating, fleeting Daphne Guinness graced the windows of Barneys New York for a performance-art piece in which she “dressed” for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala. The couture-collecting, shock-haired heiress entered the window display slowly like a swan, positioned herself behind a scrim and changed into a pale-gray duck and ostrich feather gown designed by Alexander McQueen. When she had finished her metamorphosis, she was whisked away to the Met Gala in a chauffeured, open-top luxury car.
The windows at Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship feature twenty-six complete looks from Guinness’s archives, ten of which were created by Alexander McQueen, and the rest by John Galliano, Viktor & Rolf, Haider Ackermann, Balmain, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Rick Owens, and Gareth Pugh, among others. Vintage and self-designed pieces are also showcased.
This marks the first time that clothing from the Isabella Blow archive is being seen publicly since Guinness acquired the collection in its entirety last summer, to ensure it would not be broken apart. Several of Blow’s signature hats, created for her by milliner Philip Treacy, are also featured.