After seeing a sculptural mini dress in Alexander McQueen’s spring 2008 collection, Daphne Guinness, the fashion collector, icon, and eccentric asked her friend Lee to run up four of them, each in different fabrics. They were the only ones made of that style; and on June 27, the silver iteration will hit the block at Christie’s in London, along with some 100 other extraordinary designer pieces culled from Guinness’s closet. The items, which range in estimated sale price from $230 for peplumed Fendi jacket to $23,000 for said McQueen dress are being auctioned off to benefit the Isabella Blow Foundation, a charity that supports aspiring art and fashion students and facilitates research in the fields of depression and mental health. Here, a sneak peak at some of the pieces:
Lot 41: A sculptural metallic silver mini dress and Daphne Guinness, a photograph by Mat Collishaw (b. 1966).
Alexander McQueen, 2008, and the photograph for
Harper's Bazaar UK, 2012
The dress with padded shoulders and bell shaped skirt, constructed with integrated corset
labelled 'Alexander McQueen'.
Lot 23: A pair of black leather studded platform boots
Alexander McQueen, 2000s
The heel covered with silver metal, with large spike, the front embellished with silver metal studs,
with decorative double buckle fastening and zip to the opposite side.
Labelled 'Alexander McQueen' to the insole (2)
Photos: © Christie's Images Limited 2012; Lot 41: © Mat Collishaw; Lot 101 © Bryan Adams