Daphne Guinness’ Barneys Installation - The Details


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Daphne Guinness has got a lot in store.

Get ready to stake out your spot in front of Barneys New York's flagship—this show is going to be good.

Just days after star milliner Philip Treacy dished to FashionEtc that he was selecting the hats for Daphne Guinness's upcoming installation paying tribute to his late muse Isabella Blow, the high-end department store is revealing more details about the six-week stint.

Guinness will kick things off at 5 p.m. E.T. on May 2 by slipping inside the store's Madison Ave. windows (behind a screen, mind you) to change into an Alexander McQueen gown for that evening's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala honoring the late McQueen.

Barneys will also feature a selection of 26 getups plucked from Guinness's closet and designed by the likes of Gareth Pugh, Chanel, Rick Owens, Haider Ackermann, David Koma, Balmain, Oscar de la Renta, Hauliuetrige, Three as Four, L'Wren Scott, Hogan McLaughlin, and, of course, her good friend McQueen, who is represented by 10 looks.

And in the first public showing of Blow's unrivaled wardrobe since Guinness saved it from auction last year, 16 ensembles from McQueen (whom Blow is credited with discovering), John Galliano, Yoshiki Hishinuma (designer of the famous parachute dress), and Viktor & Rolf will be on display alongside iconic hats handpicked by Treacy.

Those in Manhattan can catch a glimpse of Guinness's appearances (she'll pop in and out to get dressed in yet another glamorous gown) as they are projected on the store's façade.

Stuck in the sticks? Luckily, the action will be live-streamed on thewindow.barneys.com, and a short film on Guinness is in the works.

Meanwhile, get a sneak peek at the "Savage Beauty" catalog.


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