We’ve always been a bit fascinated by Daphne Guinness. OK, maybe more than a bit – the heiress, couture collector, millionaire and sometime model/designer is one of fashion’s most mysterious figures, with her trademark white/black ‘do, brilliantly bonkers twitter feed (recent tweet: ‘Siegfrieds funeral march. My favorite!’) and, of course, love of wearing head-to-toe McQueen.
Famously close to the late Alexander, Daphne championed his work and appeared in the window of Barney’s last May while getting dressed into McQueen for the Met ball. So it seems only fitting that Daphne is the star of a soon-to-be screened tribute to the designer, titled The Legend of Lady White Snake: A Tribute to the Spirit of Alexander McQueen.
Based on an ancient Chinese legend, the film is ‘a meditation on obsessive love and metamorphosis’, and shooting, which took place last year in New York, actually stopped traffic in Central Park (well, you would be quite surprised to see Daffers gliding across a lake on a Tuesday morning, wouldn’t you?).
The costumes are, of course, totally fabulous – with stylist and production designer GK Reid putting Daphne in his own creations (from his upcoming Genghis Khan collection) as well as Gareth Pugh, Phillip Tracy and never-seen-before Mcqueen pieces specially made for the heiress. Featuring a terrifying-looking 20ft python (that Daphne lets crawl all over her) and an owl, the film is very gothic, very Daphne and VERY Alexander McQueen.
We got goosebumps watching it - see below for a sneaky clip. The film debuts this Sunday in New York – we can’t wait to see the full thing…
by Laura Atkinson