A close friend of Tom Ford, a loyal customer to all things Alexander McQueen and a muse to Mr Chanel himself Karl Lagerfeld and fashion photographer David LaChapelle...it could only be one person: Daphne Guinness.

Whether it is inspiring thousands with her signature couture looks or her appreciation for high-end fashion, Miss Guinness is an original style icon.

With an expansive wardorbe collection many women would kill for, fans and fashion commentators alike will be thrilled to hear that she plans to share some of her most memorable pieces with the public.

With the help of Daphne's beautiful pieces, the FIT will take the time to honour the equally creative and unique designs by the late genius.

An exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York will be home to around 100 garments and accessories taken from Guinness' personal collection.

Everything from eccentric Alexander McQueen designs to the entirety of Isabella Blow's wardrobe she famously bought and preserved to mark the late fashion editor's style - there is plenty to wet the appetite of fashion enthusiasts.

Just as the world has gone wild for the over-the-top style displayed by Lady Gaga, Daphne is the original name associated with haute couture. As well as her dedication to McQueen, the show will include pieces from Azzedine Alaïa, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh and Valentino.

The show aptly follows on from the record breaking Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the Metropolitcan of Art that closed last week after welcoming nearly 600,000 fans, well-wishers and lovers of all things McQueen through their door.

With the help of Daphne's beautiful pieces, the FIT will take the time to honour the equally creative and unique designs by the late genius.

The FIT told an online source: 'While there have been many exhibitions devoted to great fashion designers, only a few have focused on individual women of style.

"Yet certain singular women play a crucial role in fashion."

Daphne Guinness is one such lady.

We have her to thank for the continued concentration of couture in the public eye and in her presence and clothing alone, it is not so difficult to see how the inspiration for the not-so-orignal Lady Gaga's wardrobe was born this way.

FemaleFirst Jenna Fordie
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