Barneys New York to Feature Daphne Guinness Preparing for The Met Gala In Madison Avenue Windows, Launching Exhibition of Guinness and Isabella Blow Collections

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NEW YORK, April 28, 2011 /CNW/ -- Barneys New York announced today that they have collaborated with Daphne Guinness to curate a selection of pieces from Guinness's private collection, as well as from the collection of Isabella Blow, to be featured in the Madison Avenue windows. This will be the first time Blow's collection has been seen in public since Guinness acquired it in the summer of 2010. The window display will include several experiential moments, beginning on Monday, May 2nd when Guinness will prepare for The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala by presenting a staged display in the window while donning a gown designed by Alexander McQueen, who is being celebrated at the event later that evening.

The windows will feature twenty-six complete looks from Guinness's extensive archives, ten of which were created by Alexander McQueen. Also included will be ensembles from Haider Ackermann, Balmain, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Hauliuetrige, David Koma, Hogan McLaughlin, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, L'Wren Scott, and Three As Four. Vintage and self-designed pieces will also be showcased.

Clothing from the Isabella Blow archives will be seen publicly for the first time since Guinness acquired her friend's collection in its entirety to ensure it would not be broken apart and sold at auction. Several of Blow's signature hats - created for her by Philip Treacy, a great friend and collaborator - will be featured along with sixteen ensembles from Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Viktor & Rolf. Also featured will be Yoshiki Hishinuma's voluminous parachute dress.

Guinness's appearance in the windows will be projected on the façade of the Madison Avenue store while simultaneously being live-streamed on Barneys New York's luxury content site, The Window.

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. A short film providing a glimpse into Daphne Guinness' life, using the Barneys installation as a backdrop, is also in production and will be released following the collaboration.

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            Barneys New York will feature Daphne Guinness's private collection
            and Isabella Blow's archives in the Madison Avenue windows for
    WHO:    six weeks beginning May 2nd.
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            Daphne Guinness to dress for The Met in the Windows to celebrate
    WHAT:   the collaboration.
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WHERE: 660 Madison Avenue

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           To view the live stream online:
           http://thewindow.barneys.com/barneys-new-york-and-daphne-guinness/
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    WHEN:  Monday, May 2nd at 5pm


    About Barneys New York

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Barneys New York is a luxury specialty retailer with flagship stores in New York City, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Scottsdale. Founded as a men's retailer in 1923 in downtown Manhattan it turned into an international arbiter of high style for both women and men in the 1970s and became renowned for discovering and developing new and innovative design talent. Barneys is famous for selling the most intriguing edit from the world's top designers including women's and men's ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, fragrances, and gifts for the home. Barneys' signature sense of humor and style is manifested in its creative advertising campaigns, original holiday themes, and celebrated window displays. Barneys' innovative and CO-OP, a mecca for young and emerging designers, was launched in 1985 and has since expanded into a freestanding store concept. Barneys operates more than a dozen CO-OP stores in eight states across the U.S. For more information about Barneys New York please visit www.Barneys.com.

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SOURCE Barneys New York

For further information: Beth Orr, Barneys New York, +1-212-450-8699, bethorr@barneys.com; or Matthew Bires, KCD, bires@kcdworldwide.com Web Site: http://www.Barneys.com

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