Peek Inside Daphne Guinness' Couture Collection at FIT

More than 100 pieces from Daphne Guinness' personal couture collection are now on display at The FIT Museum.

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Fashion exhibits are often focused on a single visionary talent, like the late Alexander McQueen's record-breaking showcase at the Met. This fall, however, The Museum at FIT chose to display over 100 garments and accessories from Daphne Guinness, a living fashion legend who outfits herself almost entirely in haute couture and custom designer pieces.
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Somewhere between a style icon and a self-made art object, Guinness' life's work has been her couture and jewelry collection. Here, a custom Balmain tuxedo dress in black velvet.
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Guinness' fancy for classic black and white confections comes across in her extensive collection of Chanel haute couture, like this button-front coat dress.
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A long silvery beaded number from Chanel.
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Showstopping accents -- like the soft feather plumes on this silver Chanel jacket -- are a signature of Guinness' eccentric style.
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Relative newcomers like Gareth Pugh, who created this alien-like silver coat and dress, are also among Guinness' favorites.
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Matching black and white zipper dresses by Gareth Pugh.
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This extraordinary Lacroix ballgown features silver eagles' heads at the shoulder.
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Of course, Guinness was an avid supporter of Alexander McQueen, who created this elaborate rainbow kimono.
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A sculpted "leaf" platform by Alexander McQueen.
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Guinness sported no-heel platforms long before Lady Gaga caught on. Here, a red velvet creation from Nina Ricci.
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