Here are exclusive photos of Daphne Guinness and Tom Ford during her performance last night at Jay Jopling’s residence wearing her Contra Mundum platinum and diamond glove. The glove is half owned by Guinness and half-owned by jeweller Shaun Leane, with whom she designed the piece.
Guinness lay still as a stone effigy for two hours, while a small group of guests – including Motilo – observed her. Her stillness was breathtaking, and eerie. Then Tom Ford leaned in to kiss her – as a respectful mourner would honour a dead loved one – and she and he shared a small smile.
The magnificent glove is on view and for sale at White Cube. The canny buyer will take home a hand-made piece that was moulded to fit Daphne’s own hand. She’s quite bird-like, so we’re guessing if you’re the lucky buyer you won’t be wearing it out – unless you’re a 12 year-old girl.
Guinness appeared to be wearing the silver body suit made for her by the late Alexander McQueen. Her deathly stillness mirrored her somewhat morbid tweets of late. She has recently aired her dark mood on Twitter saying “My tears and heart do break.mydreams and soul are filled with love although that is my most treasured gift. But they were taken as nothing.”, “i am a phoenix, when embers of pain have finally been extinguished”, “Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures” and “when life and love flee together and leave one to live and love in vain, memories flas, will we meet again? the shortness of life carpe diem”.
Contra Mundum is being represented via Jay Jopling, owner of the White Cube Gallery. To view the piece, contact Jay directly.
- Melanie Hick