Daphne Guinness has finally revealed, to Charlie Rose of all people, what she plans to do with that wardrobe of Isabella Blow’s she bought following Blow’s death, to prevent it from being auctioned off.
Rose hosted a discussion about the state of fashion with Diane Von Furstenberg, Suzy Menkes and Guinness. For the most part, Guinness appeared shy and didn’t say much–Menkes was the most loquacious–but she did share a couple of interesting tidbits. Adding on to a discussion about how the digital revolution is changing and democratizing fashion, she said,
I’m going to put together now a show of my friend’s clothes who died and I’m going to do that online so that people in New Zealand can see it because they might not be able to get to Central St. Martins to be able to see that.
Rose, who understandably thought Guinness was talking about her other dead friend, interrupted: “So if you did not know the clothes of Alexander McQueen, you can now…”
Guinness corrected him–that it was Isabella Blow she was referring to–and also revealed that she’s planning to start her own foundation that sounds like it relates to both of her fallen friends:
I’m making a foundation which will hopefully help mental health because I want to get to the bottom of all of this and also to take it back to Central St. Martins where it all began. But not everybody’s going to be able to see it, so to do a sort of online museum would be the ideal thing, because there’s so many sort of fanatics that want to see her things.
By “get to the bottom of all this,” we assume she’s referring to Blow’s and McQueen’s decisions to commit suicide, which surely had a major collective impact on her.
We love the recent trend of online museums and exhibitions and think it will be a perfect way to remember both Blow and McQueen in an enduring, wide-reaching way.