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Christie's to auction Daphne Guinness couture collection for charity

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Written by Auction House PR   
Thursday, 01 March 2012 08:49

British fashion icon Isabella Blow (1958-2007), whose foundation will benefit from Christie's sale of her close friend Daphne Guinness's couture collection. Photo by Donald McPherson.

LONDON - Christie’s has announced it will auction the Daphne Guinness collection to benefit the Isabella Blow Foundation on June 27, 2012 at Christie’s South Kensington saleroomin London. The contents of the sale will be on public exhibition at Christie’s from June 23-27 inclusive.

The most glamorous summer event on the London fashion calendar, the auction and pre-sale exhibition of the Daphne Guinness collection will include 100 pieces from the personal wardrobe of fashion’s most contemporary cutting-edge muse. Effortlessly fusing the classic and the avant-garde, the Honorable Daphne Guinness has made a name for herself not only for her outgoing style, but also as a designer, artist, model and collector of haute couture. Having famously bought the collection of the late Isabella Blow in 2011 so as to preserve it in its entirety, Guinness has generously decided to offer key looks from her own renowned collection for sale at Christie’s in order to launch the charity she has set up in Isabella Blow’s memory. The mission of the Isabella Blow Foundation is to continue the work of "Izzy," 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 mental health charities.

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.”

Additional information about the contents of the auction is expected to be provided in the near future.

Visit Christie's online at www.christies.com.

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British fashion icon Isabella Blow (1958-2007), whose foundation will benefit from Christie's sale of her close friend Daphne Guinness's couture collection. Photo by Donald McPherson.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 March 2012 09:08
 
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