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by on April 12, 2012

If you’ve got a few thousand pounds saved up, it might be time to break that piggy bank in two because Christie’s today has unveiled some of the pieces from Daphne Guinnessupcoming auction to launch and raise funds for the Isabella Blow Foundation

Couture for Sale: Christies Previews Daphne Guinness Fashion Auction

The foundation will help support young art and fashion talent, a cause Blow, who took her own life in 2007, would no doubt celebrate. The late editor and muse is largely credited for discovering fellow iconoclast and suicide victim Alexander McQueen.

But onto the bright side of things. Guinness raided her closet and chose key pieces which best defined her distinctive style, featuring the likes of Chanel, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Prada, Christian LacroixAlaïa, Gareth Pugh, Christopher Kane and of course McQueen. The auction will take place on June 27 with a goal of earning £100,000 (about $160,000), but before then Christie’s will put the couture on public display on June 23.

Here, a few of the sumptuous threads that will go up on the auction block. [Vogue UK]

“This design was first viewed by Daphne in Alexander McQueen’s collection in 2008. After seeing it, Daphne asked Lee to create four dresses in this style, in different materials (one black, one black long sleeved, one feathered, and one silver). McQueen didn’t make the dress for his shop, it was a show piece. A favourite dress of Daphne’s, she has worn it to several high profile occasions and has been photographed with the likes of Mario Testino and David Furnish whilst wearing it.” Alexander McQueen, bespoke 2008 – estimate: £15,000 – £20,000 (about $24,000 – $32,000)


Contributed by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail