21 Sept 2024
Guo Pei (b. 1967), China’s first couture artist, combines Chinese cultural heritage with international elements and artistic expression. Guo's astonishing runway collections have impressed fashion and art audiences alike for almost 30 years. Presenting the first major exhibition of Guo’s work produced in China, M+ will showcase Guo’s key collections and early designs, highlighting her unique career connecting China and the rest of the world and the cultural symbols created through her sophisticated and visually dazzling practice. Working with the couturier and her studio, the exhibition presents a selection of garments shown to audiences in the region for the first time, creating a layered dialogue with the M+ Collections around visual imagination and workmanship. The exhibition foregrounds Guo Pei's unique artistic style that resonates with imperial Chinese dress etiquette, European royal fashion, architecture, and the botanical world.
Image at top: Couture collection, One Thousand and Two Nights, 2009. © Guo Pei