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Karl Lagerfeld Convinced Daphne Guinness and Amanda Harlech to Swap Identities for a Photo Shoot

Daphne as Amanda, Amanda as Daphne (left); Daphne as herself (right).

For V's new "Transformations" issue, Karl Lagerfeld convinced Daphne Guinness and Amanda Harlech to dress up as one another. But as they're both eccentric, moneyed fashion muses with somewhat mysterious official titles and closets full of feathers and haute couture, don't they dress quite similarly already? As it turns out, they do: "[T]he switch only made them feel more like themselves," writes Derek Blasberg, who went on to ask them lots of deep questions about it.


DB Let’s talk about personal transformations: how has your style morphed through the years?

AH My personal style hasn’t changed: it’s gotten stronger, more distilled, and less scattered. I moved on from deconstructing my school uniform via punk, to Tess of the d’Urbervilles and the eponymous geisha, to an edge which I now recognize as “Amanda.”

DG When I was a child, I was always very shy and tried to meld into the background. The problem was that later in life it started to have the opposite effect—I thought I was in deep disguise, but in fact I was sticking out like a sore thumb.

Basically, the biggest change they had to make when swapping "identities" is that Amanda had to wear a blonde wig and Daphne a brown one. This was sort of weird for both of them, apparently, and neither really wants to do it again.

AH When I walked out on set with my blonde hairpieces, Karl burst out laughing and said I looked like a hausfrau. I won’t be doing it again, but secretly I did love the allure of Daphne’s blondeness. It was like playing the princess role instead of always being the witch.

DG I trust Karl implicitly, but I wasn’t entirely excited about becoming a brunette. Yet, the end result was something magical: I was very surprised, and I wasn’t expecting Karl to take as many pictures as he did. I sort of channeled Amanda at the end, and she was channeling me, and it was extraordinary. Let’s be honest: it could have gone horribly wrong, but it was a stroke of genius on Karl’s part.

Obviously, Karl made it all okay, like he always does. In fact, he made it better than okay, per Harlech: "Karl has a very assured eye, like an X-ray or a shaman — he’s telepathic." But of course, we already knew that.

Dress Reversal [V Magazine]

Photo: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld/V Magazine

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