Last night my evening began standing before a massively bosomed woman with a big toothy grin. She was Woman, I painted by William de Kooning in 1950 and she is a part of the exhibit, De Kooning: A Retrospective which opens on Sunday at the Museum of Modern Art. And the show is unbelievably beautiful and lush. It was very hard to leave but another woman beckoned, Daphne Guinness, and her personal collection of couture and accessories which is on exhibit at the Museum at FIT.
I think it is one of the best shows that I have seen at FIT even though it was so crowded that it was hard to see very much. But what I did notice was that Daphne Guinness is a woman who enjoys a good plume, a bit of sequin and a whole lot of black. Her collection is also extravagant and monastic at the same time. The mannequins have coifs of Daphne's iconic white and black hair do and some have netting over the eyes. There are films of Daphne and a beautiful halogram floating over the exhibition space.
Here a few moments from the opening. DG Style was the inspiration for the evenings attire...
Daphne Guinness at The Museum at FIT. Opening September 16, 2011