Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy celebrates the extraordinary designs of Guo Pei — hailed as China’s first couturier — and includes more than 80 works from the past two decades highlighting her most important collections shown on Beijing and Paris runways. Through exquisite craftsmanship, lavish embroidery, and unconventional dressmaking techniques, Guo Pei creates a fantasy that fuses the influences of China’s imperial past, decorative arts, European architecture, and the botanical world. Through her stunning fashions, the exhibition reveals the trajectory of Guo Pei’s career as remarkable yet emblematic of China’s emergence as a leader in the fashion world in the early twenty-first century.
Through flashbacks, evocative imagery, and narration by Guo Pei, this film tells the designer’s story in her own words — from growing up during China’s Cultural Revolution and dreaming of beautifully embroidered dresses to presenting her designs on runways across the globe. An interview with curator Jill D'Alessandro takes you inside the “Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy” exhibition for a closer look at Guo Pei’s extraordinary designs and the impact she’s had on the fashion world.
Guo Pei: Embroidered Dreams
Immerse yourself in the intricate details of Guo Pei’s fantastical designs, which can take thousands of hours and multiple years to create.
A Closer Look at Guo Pei’s Embroidery
Music: "Alone (2)." Taken from the album POETICA – all beauty sleeps. Performed by SOPOR AETERNUS & The Ensemble Of Shadows. Music by Anna-Varney Cantodea. Used with kind permission of Apocalyptic Vision Records GmbH.
This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, with significant support from the Asian Couture Federation.
Diane B. Wilsey
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn
Dr. Junning Lee and Xiaojun Lee
LOUIS XIII Cognac
The MAE Private Foundation
Michelle and William Tai
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
Sakurako and William Fisher
The Diana Dollar Knowles Foundation
Jennifer and Steve Walske
David A. Wollenberg
Additional support is provided by Sandra and Paul Bessières, Carol and Shelby Bonnie, Fred Levin, The Shenson Foundation, Cathy and Howard Moreland, W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, and the Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
In-kind support is generously provided by Fairmont San Francisco and Molekule.