The Asian Civilisation Museum Singapore held a Guo Pei exhibition showcasing 29 masterpieces by the Chinese couturière. Raised in Beijing, one can see the influences of imperial art and mythology – with dragons, phoenix, the use of gold and symbolism in outfits.
This was one of the best exhibitions I saw this year in July in Singapore. I’m not the most up to date with fashion and haute couture and only learnt of the Chinese designer a couple of years ago.
Her design has international sensibilities with elements of Chinese traditions – embroidery, dressmaking techniques woven through every piece. Given how heavy some outfits are, I would consider her masterpieces Art, rather than couture.
She also has a gorgeous boutique at the MGM Macao Cotai with a gold art piece façade by Chinese artist Wang Kaifang.