When we were invited to watch Daphne Guinness get dressed for the Met Ball in the windows of Barneys last week, we were a little confused. Now that we've actually seen the performance, well, we're still a little confused. It began, naturally, with Guinness entering in a sequined gold Alexander McQueen jumpsuit and flopping on the lucite table in front of her, languidly swimming across it and striking poses at random. (Funny, that's how we got ready this morning.)
After a few minutes of this business, Guinness went behind a semi-opaque screen where much hip gyrating and sexy shadow-making ensued. After a female servant assistant brought the gown to the heiress and assisted her in dressing (all behind the screen), Daphne emerged resplendent in a gorgeous, feathered McQueen confection, her face wrapped in tissue. She then sat at the aforementioned lucite table and ceremoniously unraveled the mask. Then, she got up and left. That was it. The whole thing took about eight minutes.
But while Guinness herself may have been a bit of a let down (who gets dressed in under 10 minutes!?), the audience was not. Several of the guests were fashion students who had been invited to create outfits inspired by Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, both dear friends of Ms. Guinness. Our favorite was the young woman with the flower-globe-contraption hat (see image). Isabella would certainly be proud.
Guinness's performance marked the launch of her collaboration with Barneys wherein the luxury retailer will feature pieces from heiress' private collection, as well as looks from the collection of the late Isabella Blow acquired by Guinness last year.
If you missed this bit of fashion performance art courtesy of Barneys and Daphne Guinness, you can catch her again. According to a release, "over the course of the six-week installation, Ms. Guinness will return to the Barneys Madison Avenue flagship window several times to dress and each appearance will again be live-streamed on thewindow.barneys.com."
Click through for more photos from Guinness's window performance art, as well the fashionable crowd that gathered to watch her.