Vancouver’s Art Gallery Guo Pei: Couture Beyond Vancouver 2018/2019 was a total success! It was the first Canadian exhibition devoted to the work of Guo Pei, China’s preeminent couturière. This mid-career survey featured more than forty complete looks from Guo Pei’s most iconic runways from 2006 to 2017. In her theatrical, extravagant creations, Guo Pei combines contemporary aesthetics, production methods and materials with ancient tradition, evoking Chinese history and mythology in her craft techniques, fabric selection and imagery. The exhibition provided a comprehensive overview of her evolution as a designer as well as her contribution to global fashion culture.
We would like to share some of our photos from this stunning exhibition. As we walked through the gallery, we felt like each creation had its own fantastic, magical and theatrical tale. Each look so unique, with an intriguing blend of contemporary aesthetics and ancient craft techniques.
Guo Pei’s most famous creation, finest embroidered work with gold creation weighs a literally staggering 25 kilograms! The gold creation took two years to create and is made of 24-karat-gold thread and a fox fur.
This was definitely a very special exhibition and we hope most of you were able to attend it …. the following photos are just a glimpse of this stunning exhibition.
Guo Pei: Couture Beyond Vancouver 2018/2019 was organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, an initiative of the Institute of Asian Art, in collaboration with SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film and curated by Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art and Stephanie Rebick, Associate Curator
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Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions. The Gallery’s innovative ground-breaking exhibitions, extensive public programs and emphasis on advancing scholarship all focus on the historical and contemporary art of British Columbia and international centres, with special attention to the accomplishments of First Nations artists and the art of the Asia Pacific region—through the Institute of Asian Art founded in 2014. The Gallery’s programs also explore the impacts of images in the larger sphere of visual culture, design and architecture.
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