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"As I got older and went out into the world, I realized that it wasn't a very friendly place to be," says heiress and celebrated fashion personality Daphne Guinness in filmmaker Brennan Stasiewicz's new short film Daphne's Window, "and I thought, 'We need armor.'"
The documentary features never-before-seen footage of Guinness before and during her performance art stunt earlier this year when she prepared for the Costume Institute Gala in the windows of Barneys New York' flagship on Madison Avenue.
"For me, when I do something, whatever it is, the doing of it is much more interesting than the other side," Guinness says. "Maybe this is my way of getting more comfortable with people... I'm just someone who's living in 2011. I just am what I am, and when people label me eccentric or different, I'm kind of astonished... That's why I gravitated towards people who are as shy as I was. We sort of huddled together, like on a raft."
· Daphne Guinness: Undressed [Nowness]