Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Daphne Guinness Exhibit at FIT

Fashion Week has settled upon New York City and the town is a-buzz with designers, limos and 28 inch heels. (Well not literally 28 inches, but they may as well be. Silly me always thought falling on your ass and breaking an ankle wasn’t fashionable… Two words: cobble stones. But I digress…. )

After the 6-hour lines 'till midnight and the unprecedented success of the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Met, fashion week is abuzz with excitement about the Daphne Guinness Exhibition at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), launching this Friday September 16 through January 7, 2010.

The exhibition features the work of Aero director Indrani including previews of her new film starring Daphne, titled, The Legend of Lady White Snake: A Tribute to the Spirit of Alexander McQueen, written and directed by Indrani.

Based on China's most beloved ancient legend, the film is a meditation on obsessive love and metamorphosis. Shooting the film for 7 days in New York, they stopped traffic in Central Park as Daphne glided across a lake in a costume designed by GK Reid, stylist and production designer extraordinaire. GK also styled her in Gareth Pugh, Philip Tracy, and pieces designed by the Late Alexander McQueen just for Daphne, that have never before been seen. The film and images also feature a 20ft long python, and an owl… which thankfully, didn’t eat one another.

The Exhibit also features photographs by Markus Klinko and Indrani shot on the set of the film. One of these became the Barney's ad for Daphne's extraordinary performance art show in the windows of Barney's New York as she prepared for the Met Ball:

The images will also be featured in the book by the Museum at FIT, accompanying the exhibit that will be for sale.

In short, you should make time to go see this exhibit. It's a fabulous complement to the McQueen exhibit that the MET had this year and a great fantasy to walk through. But wear comfortable shoes. Stylish shoes, but comfortable. (Kitten heels, FTW!)

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