Guo Pei: Couture Beyond will take your breath away with its exquisite designs stitched with east meets west opulence and ingenuity.
The fashion exhibit is currently on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery until January 20, 2019.
It showcases more than forty pieces of Chinese designer Guo Pei’s impressive and lavishly embellished designs.
Yellow Gown that Spun a Media Storm
Guo’s haute couture seamlessly marry modern design with traditional grandeur.
One of her iconic pieces is her stunning imperial yellow cape featuring a five-metre train made with 55 pounds of embroidered silk.
Metal thread, silk and 24-karat-gold-spun thread, silk bows and fox fur adorned the cape famously known as the “Omelette Dress”.
The yellow cape sparked a social media storm when famed recording artist Rihanna wore it to the 2015 Met Gala.
Through her work, Guo aims to capture the magnificence of China’s last imperial dynasty, the Qing Empire (1644—1912) and revive long-lost traditional craft practices.
In the 2018 documentary, Yellow is Forbidden, director Pietra Bretkelly follows Guo Pei during her preparation for the spring/summer 2017 show at the La Conciergerie in Paris.
Creating Fashion as Works of Art
This is the first time in the art gallery’s 87-year history that an exhibition is “focused on the intersection of art and fashion as a dimension of visual culture”, said director of Vancouver Art Gallery, Kathleen S. Bartels in a news release.
Guo’s pursuit of excellence is unmistakable in every stitch of her creations. Each of her designs is a masterpiece and feat of craftsmanship that will undoubtedly captivate fashion-savvy visitors and art lovers alike in this Canadian premiere. – Bartels
Her ingenuity in creating fashion as works of art has earned her many accolades.
TIME Magazine named Guo Pei one of the 100 Most Influential People in 2016. Guo is the only Chinese national designer invited to join Paris’ prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
She is respected for her ability to integrate China’s rich aesthetic tradition with modern sensibilities.
Samsara (2006), An Amazing Journey in a Childhood Dream (2008), One Thousand and Two Nights (2010), Legend of the Dragon (2012) and Garden of the Soul (2015) are among the featured collections.
Encounter (fall 2016) and Legend (spring 2017), her much acclaimed Paris Collection mesmerize visitors with shimmering metallic and ornate gowns.
The exhibition is a collaborative project of the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Atlanta’s SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film.