Remember when Daphne Guinness admitted to being the mystery benefactor who bought up Isabella Blow’s entire collection of clothes to save them from going under the hammer to separate individuals?
She described it in retrospect as ‘probably the maddest decision ever’ and went on to say ‘I thought what’s going to happen is [the pieces are] going to be lost. She had an incredible eye and she truly loved her pieces, they're like a diary. I didn’t want to buy them and wear them, I wanted to buy them and keep them because I think it’s very interesting for students and people who are interested in fashion to see.’
Now she’s planning what sounds like an extremely glamorous auction of another kind – that of 100 pieces from her own archive at Christies – to raise funds for the newly inaugurated ‘Isabella Blow Foundation’. The magnificent-sounding collection will be exhibited to potential buyers and the public for a few days leading up to the auction in June, and will doubtlessly have fashionistas frantically scribbling in the June pages of their Smythson diaries.
Daphne has created a charity in her cousin Isabella’s memory. The mission of The Isabella Blow Foundation ‘is to continue the work of Issie, supporting new and emerging talent in the sphere where art and fashion meet' – a realm championed by Daphne. A portion of the funds generated by the Foundation will also be donated to various charities.
According to a Christies spokesperson, the lots for auction include ‘some of the most iconic and cutting-edge haute couture of the early21st century, owned and worn by Daphne Guinness. Including designs by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Balenciaga and others,' - we can't wait to go and have a sneak peak at the couture wonders and Japanese shoe-sculptures!
The Daphne Guinness Collection; Sold to Benefit the Isabella Blow Foundation will take place on 27 June 2012 at Christie’s South Kensington saleroom, 85 Old Brompton Road. The contents of the sale will be on public exhibition at Christie’s from 23 to 27 June 2012.