Fashionistas and wannabe socialites flocked towards New York’s luxury department store Barneys to watch Daphne Guinness pay yet another homage to her friends Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow.
The eccentric British heiress chose to put herself on display in Barney’s window getting ready for the 2011Costume Institute's Met Gala, held in honor of the late McQueen. During this performance art piece, she shares the experience of getting dressed in one McQueen’s celebrated designs -- an ostrich and duck feather floor-length gown.
Along with offering a glimpse into a socialite’s life, Daphne Guinness put on display-selected items from her late friend Isabella Blow’s closet, which she famously purchased in its entirety to prevent the prized collection of couture items to be dismembered.
The crowd’s fascination with the staged event is understandable as many fashion lovers can only dream of wearing a couture gown and attending the Met Gala. Daphne Guinness’ homage to McQueen and Blow shares the exclusive experience of haute couture and red-carpet events with a wider public.