23 January 2012 by

Daphne Guinness Will Be A Store Mannequin Again... At Printemps In Paris!

Daphne Guinness Will Be A Store Mannequin Again... At Printemps In Paris!

In May last year, The Honourable Daphne Guinness took to the shop-front windows of legendary department store Barney’s in New York to become a real life mannequin. Originally, we admit we were crossing fingers for something fun and cheeky from the haute couture collector, journalist, actress, muse, designer and so on - along the lines of Kim Catrall’s classic ‘80s movie, Mannequin  - complete with an Andre Leon Talley-alike Hollywoooood (if you don’t know what we’re talking about, we’ve added a clip below of both the actual result and the old movie). But it was, in fact, a chance for this creative canvas to bring to life the fascinating process of her getting dressed and ready for the Met Ball. Haven’t  you always pondered Daphne’s pre-party rituals? After all, we did recently learn that she uses nail varnish as lipstick… Onlookers peered in as Daphne donned a fully feathered and suitably dramatic Alexander McQueen gown to pose and drape her way around the enclosed space in her signature heel-less platform like a true pro.

She must’ve enjoyed the store stage SO much, that she’s set up a new Daphne mannequin project for February this year. However, there’s a slight twist on this one for Paris store Printemps… Photographer Nick Knight of SHOWstudio (with whom Daphne has collaborated on many a directional shoot) will create cutting edge 3D virtual versions of her wearing the likes of Maison Martin Margiela, Paco Rabanne and Gareth Pugh. Therefore, Daphne doesn’t even have to be there! Although we’re hoping she’ll make an appearance in the flesh. These windows will be unveiled on 6th February along with fashion videos by Knight of Daphne, an in-store SHOWstudio gallery edit of super-special pieces and an interactive display curated by multimedia artist Danny Brown, where passers-by can upload their own photos. And judging from last year’s crowd, we don't think they'll be strolling along in jeans and a scruffy tee...

 


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