Daphne Guinness

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Daphne Guinness
Daphne Guinness at FIT.jpg
Daphne Diana Joan Susanna Guinness

(1967-11-09) 9 November 1967 (age 54)
London, England
(m. 1987; div. 1999)
Partner(s)Bernard-Henri Lévy
Modelling information
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Hair colourBrown and platinum blonde
Eye colourBrown

Daphne Diana Joan Susanna Guinness (born 9 November 1967) is an English[1] socialite and fashion designer.

Early life[edit]

Her father is Jonathan Guinness, 3rd Baron Moyne, the eldest son of Diana Mitford and Bryan Guinness. Diana Mitford was the daughter of David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale, the father of the Mitford sisters. Mitford divorced Guinness and married the leader of the British Union of Fascists, Sir Oswald Mosley, 6th Baronet of Ancoats. Daphne Guinness has said she did not know of Mosley's political affiliations, before she heard in 1980 on the BBC News that he had died.[2]

As a child, she grew up in the country houses owned by her family in England and Ireland.[citation needed]


Guinness's first work in fashion was with Isabella Blow.[3] She has worked with Karl Lagerfeld,[4] NARS, MAC, Akris, Gareth Pugh,[5] and Philip Treacy, working with them artistically or as a model or both.

She was a friend of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen.[6] Scheduled to model for charity on the runway the day his suicide was announced, Guinness veiled herself in mourning.[7]

She designs fashion, jewellery, and perfume.[8] Since 1994, she has been on the International Best Dressed List.[9] In 2010, she was named in Tatler's top 10 best-dressed list.[citation needed] In 2011, she created a make-up line for MAC cosmetics.[10][11]

In 2011 Guinness was photographed by photographer Bryan Adams and featured on the cover of Zoo Magazine.[12]

Charity work[edit]

Guinness has walked in two of Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief shows to raise funds for disaster victims.[13] In the same vein, in April 2008, she auctioned off part of her wardrobe, with the proceeds going to a struggling British charity called Womankind Worldwide, which deals with women's issues at home and abroad, such as domestic violence.[14]

In June 2010, Guinness purchased at auction the entire wardrobe of Isabella Blow, her friend who died by suicide in 2007. The lot was purchased prior to an auction which was arranged at Christie's.[15] She later announced that she would be displaying the wardrobe at Central Saint Martins and online, as well as starting a foundation to help with mental illness.[16] The official show, entitled "Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore," is set for display in November 2013 at Somerset House in London.[17]

In February 2013, Guinness, along with Baroness Monica von Neumann and Lynn Ban, donated a collection of her shoes to the Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology's Shoe Obsession exhibit.[18]



Guinness has produced and edited three short films:

  • Cashback, short film nominated for an Academy Award in 2004, was later made into a feature-length version. Guinness produced this film for the photographer Sean Ellis.[2]


In 2011, Guinness starred in Joe Lally's film, "The Murder of Jean Seberg".[19]

At the end of 2011, photographers Markus Klinko and Indrani, Guinness, and stylist GK Reid produced "The Legend of Lady White Snake", a film based on an ancient Chinese legend, where Guinness played the central role of Lady White Snake.[20] Bernard-Henri Lévy wrote her dialogue for the film.[21]

In 2012, Guinness starred in Shakki,[22] a short sci-fi fiction directed by Julien Landais.


Music Videos[edit]

  • In 2013, Guinness released a music video entitled Fatal Flaw which was directed by Nick Knight.[23]
  • In 2014, David Barron directed a documentary filmed in Guinness' Irish home called Daphne Guinness, The Last Leveller that focuses on her musical work and personal musical tastes.[24]

Personal life[edit]

In 1987, she married Spyros Niarchos, the second son of Stavros Niarchos, the shipping magnate.[25] The couple had three children. Her $39 million settlement, obtained at the time of her 1999 divorce, was added to her Guinness inheritance.[26]

She lives in London and Manhattan with her three children: Nicolas Stavros Niarchos (born 1989), Alexis "Lex" Spyros Niarchos (born 1991), and Ines Sophia Niarchos (born 1995).[2]

She has been romantically involved with French TV philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy for a number of years. In the February 2011 issue of Harper's Bazaar, Guinness confirmed to journalist Derek Blasberg: "He is obviously the love of my life."[27][28]


  1. ^ Mead, Rebecca (19 September 2011). "Precarious Beauty". Retrieved 17 May 2019 – via www.newyorker.com.
  2. ^ a b c Garratt, Sheryl. Daphne Guinness's glove story, Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2011. Accessed 31 August 2021.
  3. ^ Lyden, Jacki (13 November 2011). "Daphne Guinness: An Icon on Fashion's Cutting Edge". National Public Radio. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  4. ^ "I am convinced that Daphne Guinness and Karl Lagerfeld are the same person". The Beat Buzz. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  5. ^ West, Hattie (30 November 2011). "Vanishing Act". Vogue Magazine. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  6. ^ Anderson, Christina (9 November 2012). "Daphne Guinness Style Evolution". Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  7. ^ Donnelly, Erin (26 November 2010). "Naomi Campbell And Daphne Guinness Attend Alexander McQueen's Funeral Wearing His Dramatic Designs". Stylist. Archived from the original on 22 November 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Daphne Guinness". Zimbio. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  9. ^ "The International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame: Women". Style. Vanity Fair. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Daphne Guinness for M·A·C". Maccosmetics.com. 14 June 2010. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  11. ^ Daphne Guinness for MAC, Style and Wisdom, 12 December 2011. Accessed 3 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Daphne Guinness Being Fierce in Zoo". 26 November 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  13. ^ Brant, Peter. "Daphne Guinness". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Daphne Guinness Auction: A Peek Inside The Closet of a Stylish Eccentric". The Luxe Chronicles. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  15. ^ Alexander, Ella (15 June 2010). "Isabella Blow auction cancelled". British Vogue. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  16. ^ Mau, Dhani (16 February 2012). "Daphne Guinness To Exhibit Isabella Blow's Wardrobe at Central St. Martins And Online". Fashionista. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  17. ^ Conti, Samantha (8 May 2013). "Isabella Blow Show Set For London". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  18. ^ Rabinovitch, Simona (20 February 2013). "MFIT EXHIBITS 150 EXTREME DESIGNER SHOES". Gotham Magazine. Niche Media. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Daphne Guinness". SHOWstudio. December 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  20. ^ Sparks, Cator. Do It Daphne! Guinness Shines in Short Film Based on Ancient Chinese Legend, Stylelist, 4 March 2012. Accessed 3 May 2012.
  21. ^ Feitelberg, Rosemary. Daphne Guinness and 'The Legend of Lady White Snake', Women's Wear Daily, 7 February 2012. Accessed 3 May 2012.
  22. ^ Julien Landais (18 August 2013), SHAKKI starring Daphne Guinness Trailer HD — by Julien Landais, retrieved 5 December 2016
  23. ^ Choi, Mary H.K. (10 June 2013). "Daphne Guinness's 'Fatal Flaw' Music Video With Nick Knight Is A Triumph". Style. MTV. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  24. ^ Barron, David. "Daphne Guinness: The Last Leveller". David V Barron. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  25. ^ "On my radar: Daphne Guinness's cultural highlights". the Guardian. 30 October 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  26. ^ "Daphne Guinness can't recall her marriage to Greek shipping heir Spyros Niarchos". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  27. ^ Blasberg, Derek (11 February 2011). "The Real Daphne Guinness". Harper's Bazaar. p. 2. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  28. ^ Blasberg, Derek (12 February 2011). "Daphne Guinness: Bernard-Henri Levy 'Is Quite Obviously The Love of My Life'". Huffington Post.

External links[edit]