Christie's is selling off 100 pieces of Daphne Guinness's frocks today- after looking at them online, I'm struck by the fact that many of them could be worn by any-one.
Of course according to notes, Guinness's tiny stature lends itself best to the fashionistas of Japan and China, but-the styling of many of her pieces any-one of Us could wear.
For the most part, the collection is steeped in the most Classic of designs.The garments -simply presented in the Christie's catalogue- edit for Us- relieve Us from the wearer.
Looking through the catalog-viewed online- it is easy to conjure, Josephine Bonaparte in dampened gowns of the Empire,
Josephine by Prud'hon.
Jackie Kennedy -just add a pillbox
La Windsor-with her severe silhouette.
DIOR at l. Daphne Guinness's Purple, at r. Wallis Windsor's Purple Dior
It is only when Guinness herself slides into each piece-embodies IT- if you will-does it take on the Wild, the Exotic, the Ethereal.
If ever there was ever a doubt that Guinness is Living ART- this Sale-if you care to look- convinces.
Guinness channeling the powerful-charismatic, Admiral Viscount Lord Nelson
Proceeds from the auction will go to The Isabella Blow Foundation.