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Edited by on May 10 2011 at 6:52 AM

Socialite, heiress, fashion icon and occasional window dresser Daphne Guinness spoke about dear departed friend, editor Isabella Blow during an exclusive tour of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit at the Met last week. Having bought Blow’s wardrobe to prevent its auction, Guinness now wants to  display them, perhaps via a virtual museum.

Guinness Wants to Bring Blow to the Masses

Referring to her decision to snatch up Blow’s wardrobe as “probably the maddest…ever,” she explains that she did so not out of label lust but out of a desire to preserve Isabella Blow’s unique aesthetic:

“I thought what’s going to happen is [the pieces are] going to be lost. She had an incredible eye and she truly loved her pieces, they’re like a diary. I didn’t want to buy them and wear them, I wanted to buy them and keep them because I think it’s very interesting for students and people who are interested in fashion to see.”

Blow had introduced McQueen to Guinness while he was working for Givenchy, just as she had introduced him to Hamish Bowles years before. And though Daphne initially didn’t want to meet him, they became fast friends and as the lone survivor she certainly feels an obligation to keep both McQueen’s and Blow’s legacies alive:

“[The exhibition is] a very bittersweet thing, because you want to celebrate your friends but then it’s like where are they and why aren’t they here?” [The Cut]

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