In 2010, New York social dynasty darling Daphne Guinness bought the entire wardrobe estate of late fashion editor (and personal friend), Isabella Blow, to avoid her myriad of unique items from going up on Christie’s auctioning block. (She later called the impromptu purchase “the maddest decision ever.”)
Perhaps paying off her karmic debt to the auction house for denying them Ms. Blow’s iconic outfits, Ms. Guinness will be donating 100 of her own pieces for her own Christie’s charity auction on June 27th. All the proceedings from the event will be going to the brand new Isabella Blow Foundation, dedicated to funding young talent in art and design.
According to Christie’s site, they hold no hard feelings about the Isabella Blow incident:
Pat Frost, Director of Christie’s Fashion Department commented: “We are delighted to be offering the fashion world this incredible one-off opportunity to buy some of the most iconic and cutting-edge haute couture of the early 21st century, owned and worn by Daphne Guinness. Not only will the auction comprise exceptional designs by the likes of McQueen, Chanel, Balenciaga and others, but it will also aptly benefit and shape the designers of the future. Christie’s is very proud to be able to play a part in helping Daphne to achieve her forward-looking and charitable aim.”
We can’t wait to see the pieces being sold. Thank goodness we live in New York and not in South Kensington, where Ms. Guinness’ auction will be taking place, or else we’d have to cut off our bidding hands in order to save our checking accounts.
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