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  • Frances Schwabenland

Guo Pei: China's Queen of Couture

To say I was in awe and transported into a truly ethereal world of creative genius would be an understatement. Recently, while in California, I attended the Bowers Museum exhibition, "Guo Pei: Art of Couture."

The museum brochure described this work: "Once in a generation, a creative genius such as Guo Pei emerges, whose work transcends its form or function to be appreciated as an art form. With each gown, visitors will gain a unique insight into the relationship between ideas, threads and skills that in Guo Pei's visionary hands render fabrics into both extraordinary couture and exceptional works of art."

A team of almost 500 skilled artisans work in Guo Pei's studio to hand sew the incredible and exquisite embroidery work of threads and crystals. Some of her designs can take thousands of hours and up to two years to complete. The designer in collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and award-winning director Kargo Chen, and NOWNESS produced a 7 minute documentary, "Guo Pei: Embroidered Dreams" which is both fascinating and informative and covers her childhood inspiration and present day career.

Her inspiration is drawn from China's rich cultural heritage, international arts, architecture and mythology. In 2016, Guo Pei was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and one of the Business of Fashion's 500 most influential people shaping the global fashion industry. At 56 her creative genius seems to know no bounds.

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