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Will Daphne Guinness Put Isabella Blow's Collection on Display in 2012?

Daphne Guinness dressing for the 2011 Met Gala in the windows of Barneys, via WWD
Daphne Guinness dressing for the 2011 Met Gala in the windows of Barneys, via WWD

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A tweet this afternoon from Daphne Guinness is giving the fashion world hope.

The future of Isabella Blow's world-famous collection—which was assembled by Blow over the course of her life and includes one-of-a-kind pieces from Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Hauliuetrige, Gareth Pugh and Rick Owens—has hung in the balance since 2010 when Daphne Guinness, who was close friends with both Blow and McQueen, saved the collection from the auction block and scooped it up in its entirety. She has since then been looking for a way to honor Blow and her unparalleled collection of couture.

A handful of garments from Guinness's vault were brought to daylight in the windows of Barney's department store last year, where Guinness put them on temporary display in conjunction with her party-prep as performance art piece preceding the 2011 Met Gala, which honored McQueen. “I thought, Lee [McQueen] will be at the Met, Izzy had got to be somewhere,” Guinness told WWD.

This afternoon, she announced to her 30,000 Twitter followers that something's brewing:

I Will have news about Isabella Blow's collection. I am excited to be able at last to do her justice!

Coming on the heels of the frenzied McQueen exhibition at the Met, a display of any kind featuring the names "McQueen" and "Blow" is bound to be a shitshow (a shitshow of the best kind, obviously).

One thing's for sure: Whatever she's got planned, it's not going to be understated.

Daphne Guinness, Performance Artist
Daphne Guinness on Twitter [official page]
All Daphne Guinness coverage [Racked]