If you walk by Barney's today at around 5pm you will inevitably notice a beautiful, thin, model-esque woman preening for tonight's Costume Institute Gala in the window dressed in a feathery Alexander McQueen. That woman is artist, socialite and taste-maker Daphne Guinness and it's not the first time she's taken fashion outside the box. We take a look at her risk-taking, eccentric style.
Daphne is an artist, but also acts as a muse for plenty of fashion designers. She frequently models in charity shows, has appeared in countless editorials, made a cameo in Kid Cudi's Pursuit of Happiness music video, has a collection named for her by NARS, and is a frequent staple on the social scene.
Daphne tends to favor couture clothing and the most extravagant looks from top designers. Sky high heels, daring hair and make-up, large jewels, feathers, scarves and other accessories complement the look. Extreme but elegant is the name of the game.
Dressing For The Met At Barney's
As for today's high-fashion performance art at Barney's, don't expect to catch any glimpse of flesh. She's keeping things classy. “I am not doing a burlesque — no way,” she tells the New York Times. “I’m going to be getting dressed behind something. I’m not Dita Von Teese, nor shall I be.”
Her note on the performance:
Friends, students, all,
I shall be making a small tribute to fashion as Art and alas, for friends sorely missed. This will take place at Barneys at around 5pm on Monday May 2, 2011.
Your opinions I value the most for the future belongs to you, mine is but an ephemeral offering but I hope not to disappoint.
I consider that Art can be manisted in clothing, although there is a polemic on this topic.
But it is our capability as humans to transform ourselfs by the way we dress.
And the Master of our times I think we may agree is being honoured tonight.
Saturday, May 25
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.