This past weekend, I had the great pleasure of experiencing the Daphne Guinness exhibition at The Museum at FIT in NYC–and boy, was I glad that I did. If I was forced to sum up the exhibit in just one word, it would be: immaculate.

Running from September 17, 2011 through to January 7, 2012, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the closet of the esteemed designer, muse, model and heiress, Daphne Guinness. There are very few people in the world who collect couture in the same veracity as she who at the same time find themselves in a position to then inspire the same designers responsible for a large part of her vast collection–namely, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Nina Ricci and Rick Owens.

The exhibition itself masterfully creates an intimate runway-inspired environment for the viewer so that the (s)he can inspect every garment from every direction through dramatic spotlighting and screen partitions.  It is truly a sensory overload in the best of possible ways.

One thing to note: This, in my opinion, is an exhibit created by fashion insiders for fashion insiders–which could possibly pose as a drawback if British and French couture isn’t exactly your field of expertise. I suggest checking out recent collections from the above mentioned designers at style.com or here, with us, before making your way up to the Big Apple, as there isn’t a whole lot of descriptive text accompanying the works on view.  Nevertheless, do not let this fact deter you. This is truly a fantastic collection from a one-of-a-kind woman that is not to be missed.

Photos provided courtesy of style.com, fitnyc.edu, fashionprojects.org, and wmagazine.com


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