Ever wonder what it takes for a look to become fashionable and move from the runway into real life? Yes, designers develop amazing pieces that capture our attention, but who are those trendsetters that make a look popular and acceptable to be worn off the runway?
In order for something to become fashionable from the runway to everyday life, it must be embraced by individuals with great, influential style. A look must be embodied by someone bold and fearless enough to take on extreme fashion as a part of everyday life. Individuals like Daphne Guinness.
Many exhibits across New York City have focused on individual fashion designers, but few on fashion icons. The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (or FIT as it’s commonly referred as…) currently has an extraordinary exhibit highlighting Daphne Guinness as one of the greatest fashion icons of our time. Guinness has been prominent in the fashion world as a journalist and collector of haute couture in London and Manhattan, as well as a model.
Daphne Guinness is a trendsetter to all and an inspiration to the biggest names in design. The museum displays unique pieces by designers like Nina Ricci, Dolce & Gabana, Valentino, Christian Lacroix, Balenciaga, Chanel, Christian Dior, L’Wren Scott, as well as an extensive collection of one-of-kind Alexander McQueen pieces, as Daphne served as his Muse and inspiration for several designs that have never before been displayed… until now!
The exhibit will be shown until Jan. 7, 2012 and features several dresses, futuristic shoes, and even medieval armor-inspired outfits from Guinness’ collection of over 2,500 garments collected between 1995 and 2011. I can imagine picking only 100 was a tough task for the FIT museum coordinators!
Her bold and fearless style along with the keen knowledge and respect for the art of fashion is what sets this trailblazer apart from models before her… “What draws me to fashion is art… and certainly not fashion as a status symbol,” says Daphne. “This exhibition is done for the benefit of those out there, students or otherwise, who share this love.”
I was inspired by this quote alone, and her love for high fashion as art rather than material possessions. Stepping into this small portion of her collection was like stepping into fashion’s future! Elegant dresses, sequins, metals, feathers, silk, suede, jersey, lace, wool, leather, spandex, long jackets, double breasted tailcoats…this exhibit has it all. All fashionistas are highly encouraged to see this exhibit!
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If you’ve ever wanted inspiration or an epiphanic moment to stimulate your fashion creativity – this isn’t the story for you. This is the story of Nazi-led espionage, drugs, lesbian tendencies and a fashion trailblazer with a lot to hide.
Lisa Chaney’s forthcoming biography, Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life, lays bare hard evidence of the fashion maven’s use of opiates, as well as new insights into Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s bisexuality, multiple affairs and love with a Nazi spy.
Penguin says: ‘Drawing on newly discovered love letters and other records, Chaney’s controversial book reveals the truth about Chanel’s drug habit and lesbian affairs. ‘And the question about Chanel’s German lover during World War II (was he a spy for the Nazis?) is definitively answered.’
WWD goes one step further, saying the book is able to prove that the lover in question, Hans Günther von Dincklage, did indeed spy for the Nazis throughout the Second World War. Quoting en email from Ms Chaney’s Viking publicist, WWD cites: ‘Whether Chanel was aware of this is unknown, but after that war she lived in neutral Switzerland for a while, to avoid any proceedings against her.’
In the book, due for release in November, Ms Chaney uses the newly discovered letters as well as documents from the Swiss Federal Archives to quell any doubt as to the truth of some of the less palatable aspects of Ms Chanel’s colourful lifestyle. Viking says of the 20th Century’s most famous fashion designer: ‘Her numerous liaisons, whose poignant and tragic details have eluded all previous biographers, were the very stuff of legend.
‘Witty and mesmerizing, she became muse, patron, or mistress to the century’s most celebrated artists, including Picasso, Dalí, and Stravinsky.’ Ms Chanel’s infamous life has inspired many a graphic recounting of her rags-to-riches story.
The re-released biography, Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie, which includes illustrations by Karl Lagerfeld, has drawn attention to Ms Chanel’s reliance on opiates before, saying the designer saw morphine as a ‘harmless sedative.’ Successful 2009 movie, Coco Before Chanel, drew criticism for playing down some of Ms Chanel’s less savoury antics, while Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, also released in 2009, throws a spotlight onto the designer’s love affair with the Russian composer.
“Fashion is always of the time in which you live. It is not something standing alone. But the grand problem, the most important problem, is to rejeuvenate women. To make women look young. Then their outlook changes. They feel more joyous. “
- Coco Chanel
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