Guo Pei: Couture Beyond

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond is the first Canadian exhibition devoted to the work of Guo Pei—the only Chinese national designer ever invited to present collections at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. This mid-career survey features examples from Guo Pei’s iconic runway shows, providing a comprehensive overview of her evolution as a designer, as well as her contribution to global fashion culture. Students will view Guo Pei’s theatrical, extravagant creations in which she combines contemporary aesthetics, production methods and materials with ancient traditions, evoking Chinese history and mythology in her craft techniques, fabric selection and imagery. Students will explore the symbolism in her avant-garde sculptural silhouettes, which seamlessly fuse contemporary influences with pre-Cultural Revolution opulence.

Suited for: grades 2-12

Capacity: 30 students

Duration: Two hours

Offered: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

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