Daphne Guinness’s McQueen (and Balenciaga and Lacroix and Kane) collection will go on the auction block tonight in London

Photograph courtesy of Mat Collishaw/The Telegraph
Photograph via Mat Collishaw/The Telegraph

A piece of fashion history could be yours as The Daphne Guinness Collection hits the auction block tonight. Daphne Guinness, the heiress-turned-fashion-icon, has put 102 pieces of haute couture and runway fashion from her personal wardrobe up for auction with Christie’s auction house. The collection — which includes pieces from Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Christian Lacroix and Christopher Kane — reflects the quirky sense of style that has made Guinness a muse and friend to some of the biggest names in fashion, including the late Alexander McQueen.

Pat Frost, the curator of the collection, speculates that Guinness’s McQueen pieces will fetch the highest prices. “The dresses and shoes offered here are classic McQueen, so will already appeal to collectors and to fashionistas,” said Frost. “McQueen and Daphne formed an electrical circuit of inspiration and creation — their friendship is such a part of the story that pieces created especially for Daphne, like the silver dress, lot 41, are more than the sum of their parts.”

The auction is expected to generate upwards of $170,000, with proceeds benefitting the Isabella Blow Foundation. The foundation, which promotes budding fashion talent and raises money to help people who suffer from mental health issues, was started by Guinness and serves to honour the memory of Isabella Blow, who took her own life after suffering from depression and bipolar disorder for years.

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