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Guo Pei: Couture Beyond at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 — 1:37pm PDT
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The first fashion-focused presentation in the history of the Vancouver Art Gallery will feature the Canadian premiere of Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, October 13, 2018 to January 20, 2019. Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery in collaboration with Atlanta’s SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, this exhibition features more than forty breathtaking designs by China’s foremost couturière.

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond

Location: Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St, Vancouver)
Exhibition Dates: October 13, 2018 to January 20, 2019.

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Rife with symbolism, Guo’s avant-garde silhouettes seamlessly fuse contemporary design with pre-republic opulence. The only Chinese national designer invited to join Paris’ prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, she is revered for combining China’s rich aesthetic tradition with modern sensibilities. This includes the imperial yellow cape—constructed from fifty-five pounds of embroidered silk and featuring a five-meter train—famously worn by recording artist Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala.

Tracing the evolution of Guo’s design sensibility over ten years, Guo Pei: Couture Beyond begins with significant examples from her early collections, Samsara (2006), An Amazing Journey in a Childhood Dream (2008) and 1002 Nights (2010), with a lively installation in the Gallery’s rotunda of the collection from Guo’s 2015 MAC Cosmetics collaboration.

It continues with a number of works presented in Guo’s Legend of the Dragon (2012) collection, which animates the mythical dragon motif that figures prominently in the Chinese zodiac. Guo’s critically lauded Paris Collections conclude the exhibition: shimmering metallics from Encounter (fall 2016) and ornate garments inspired by Switzerland’s Cathedral of Saint Gallen in Legend (spring 2017).

The Vancouver Art Gallery will host two public programs in association with this exciting exhibition:

Guo Pei and Bronwyn Cosgrave in Conversation

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7:00pm
Where:Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Pacific Ballroom
Tickets: Available online now. $30 for Non-members, $27 for Members, $25 for Students/Seniors

A talk with designer Guo Pei facilitated by renowned fashion journalist and best-selling author Bronwyn Cosgrave. Presented in both English and Mandarin, this event will shed light on Guo as an artist whose medium of expression is fashion while examining the designer’s oeuvre of contemporary works revitalizing long-lost traditions.

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond at the Vancouver Art Gallery

The second public program, BuYun Chen on the work of Guo Pei and the globalization of Chinese Fashion, will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:00pm in Room 4East at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to A Conversation with Guo Pei and Bronwyn Cosgrave on October 9th, as well as two passes to the Vancouver Art Gallery for a lucky Miss604 reader and a guest to check out this exhibition (opening October 13).

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Follow the Vancouver Art Gallery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information about this exhibition, events, and their permanent collection.

Update The winner is Carolyn C!

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  1. Denise says:

    I’m going to see “Yellow is Forbidden” at VIFF so this chance to see the exhibition would be the cherry on top!

  2. Sherry Fraser says:

    This sounds amazing!

  3. Meredith says:

    Yes please!

  4. Jeanie says:

    Would love to win this! Looks amazing!

  5. Shawn says:

    Theirs would so ama omg to attend! ๐Ÿ™

  6. Tabby72 says:

    I think this would be a very interesting evening out, thanks!

  7. Sara Chiesa says:

    My best friend loves fashion, would love to take her to this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Ana says:

    This would a great experience ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Jessica says:

    Wow! Would love to go!

  10. Would love to go and write this up. Wonderful exhibit for the fashion world of Vancouver.

  11. Dane says:

    Looking forward to the doc at VIFF so this would be a fantastic bonus!!

  12. Gloria says:

    Such beautiful artistic pieces! Glad to see they are being displayed at VAG

  13. Veronika says:

    Ohhhh my daughter would love to see this show!!

  14. Kelly says:

    What a great exhibition!

  15. Eileen says:


  16. Shelley Butcher says:

    Would love to take my daughter.

  17. dd says:

    love to attend

  18. Kate Choi says:

    Would love to go!

  19. Janis F says:

    I’d love to go to see this exhibit and I’m going to see the movie at VIFF!

  20. Jason B says:


  21. Linda says:

    This looks like a fantastic exhibition.

  22. Teagan Salter says:

    I would die to see Rihanna’s met gala dress in person ๐Ÿ˜ป

  23. Karen Miller says:

    This will be an amazing event.

  24. Hersh says:

    Looks good.

  25. Lisa says:

    Posting for a chance @ the prize!

  26. Carolyn C says:

    I love her work!

  27. Tony says:

    This looks like a fun exhibit to check out!

  28. Cheuk Lau says:

    great event

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