Daphne Guinness has worked extensively with some of this century’s most esteemed designers and photographers and is widely considered an authority on fashion and the arts. She is a musician, model, collector, commentator and muse. She is known for her work with David La Chapelle and Nick Knight, and the latter’s online creative platform, SHOWstudio. Daphne has written for a host of magazine publications in the US and U.K, and contributed to books such as ‘Art / Fashion in the 21st century’ and ‘Alexander McQueen: Fashion Visionary.’
Guinness has collaborated with international filmmakers and musicians in her pursuit of creativity, and she is credited with championing rising artists & designers.
In 2010 Guinness purchased her late friend Isabella Blow’s clothing collection, which was due to be auctioned at Christies, and which she is credited with preserving. It has since been exhibited in shows across the world. In 2012, Daphne auctioned 100 items from her own wardrobe, the proceeds of which she used to establish The Isabella Blow Foundation. The charity raises funds for mental health initiatives and provides annual scholarships for aspiring designers at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design.
After the suicides of both close friends Blow & McQueen, followed by the loss of Daphne’s brother Jasper to cancer, Guinness reassessed everything. Hiding herself away in a studio in Ireland, she wrote and recorded songs to cope with her grief. David Bowie was so impressed with her music that he recommended her to his long-time producer Tony Visconti and another chapter of her life began. The product was Optimist In Black, her debut album, released to critical acclaim. She has recently finished recording her second album, again produced by Visconti and written with friend and musician Malcolm Doherty. Daphne & The Golden Chord marks her progression towards a more glam rock direction, and is a consistently unflinching and personal album. She has said of it “I can’t sing a single word I don’t believe in. It’s the closest thing I can get to a memoir.” It will be released in 2018.
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