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April 19, 2011  | by: Sydney Scott

Daphne Guinness

On May 2, Daphne Guinness will get dressed in the window at Barneys New York to prepare for the Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Is anyone excited about this?

Honestly, I personally don’t want to watch a wealthy fashionista getting dressed. I feel like it’s almost an invasion of privacy, not to mention there’s really no need for me to see this. Cathy Horyn recently said, “Do I think my friend is nutty? Yes, a little. Brave, definitely. And I am far from confident at this stage that anyone can create a performance-art piece with fashion that will mean anything, least of all in a luxury store window on Madison Avenue, and a time when apparel isn’t selling so well. But I’ll go anyway, just to see.”

Sure, this will get Barneys some publicity, but is it really going to get people to buy anything? Yes, a woman getting dressed in the window is enough to make anyone stop and stare, but the price tag that Barneys carries is what will keep people from making any sort of purchase. So, while I’m excited to see what Daphne will be wearing to the Costume Institute gala, I’m not so sure her little stunt in the window will benefit anyone.

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