An absolute style chameleon and fashion maverick, Daphne Guinness positively shimmers like some amalgamation of an iridescent eagle, swan and phoenix in Chanel Haute Couture, Alaia and Genghis Khan. Photographers, Markus Klinko & Indrani Pal- Chaudhuri capture her silhouette to perfection, while GK Reid invokes the essence of Daphne and her ubiquitous style in this Editorial for Tatler Hong Kong, March 2012.
Daphne is definitely a source of fascination for me, and certainly for many others. She seems not to exist in the real world, and I guess it’s this otherworldliness which makes her such a muse and incredible subject to portray on camera. Her aristocratic breeding and lineage, political and artistic links-(her step-grandfather was Sir Oswald Mosley and her mother, Susanna Lisney was muse to Dali and Man Ray), add colour to her already striking persona.
One of the most intriguing articles I’ve read on Daphne was in a September 2011 edition of The New Yorker, where Rebecca Mead gives a great insight into her life and work, depicting her as a culturally aware and worldly woman, and for whom fashion is another art-form. In fact, Daphne unsurprisingly admitted she’s purchased many of her vast collection of clothes purely for their artistic value- perhaps I can make the same excuse with regards to the stack of unworn items sitting in my own closet still with labels intact?!
See an overview here of the aforementioned article.