In this Aotearoa New Zealand exclusive exhibition, experience the extravagance and breath-taking fashion of globally renowned Chinese designer Guo Pei. Drawing on influences from around the world and using extraordinary fabrics and bejewelled embroidery, Guo Pei’s striking garments are truly wearable works of art.
Be transported from the fashion runway into the Gallery to encounter more than 60 of Guo Pei’s unique garments up close. Showcasing exceptional artistry and imagination Guo Pei’s creations could have been conjured from a fairy tale or floated out of a dream.
From billowing dresses adorned with intricate patterns to bodysuits evoking mythical creatures, these outstanding garments demonstrate two decades of artistic output by a designer who takes inspiration from Imperial China, European art and the botanical world. Guo Pei has designed for the political elite, royalty and celebrities, including Rihanna’s 2015 Met Gala Yellow Queen gown – which is included in the exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
Guo Pei: Fashion, Art, Fantasy 郭培：时装之幻梦 is organised by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco with significant support from the Asian Couture Federation. The exhibition is proudly supported by Singapore Airlines, Cordis Hotels, Auckland Art Gallery Foundation, Omnigraphics and Asia New Zealand Foundation.
Guo Pei Collection: Legend of the Dragon, 2012. Image credit: Copyright © Guo Pei, Asian Couture Federation. All rights reserved. Photograph by Randy Dodson, courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Guo Pei, Collection: Garden of the Soul, 2015, © Guo Pei. Photograph by LIAN Xu, courtesy of LIAN Xu.
Guo Pei, Collection: Legend of the Dragon, Autumn/Winter 2012. © Guo Pei. Photograph by LIAN Xu, courtesy of LIAN Xu.