Guo Pei: Couture Beyond at the Vancouver Art Gallery

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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).

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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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29 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. DeniseTuesday, October 2nd, 2018 — 2:13pm PST

    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 FraserTuesday, October 2nd, 2018 — 3:53pm PST

    This sounds amazing!

  3. MeredithTuesday, October 2nd, 2018 — 8:08pm PST

    Yes please!

  4. JeanieTuesday, October 2nd, 2018 — 9:56pm PST

    Would love to win this! Looks amazing!

  5. ShawnTuesday, October 2nd, 2018 — 10:20pm PST

    Theirs would so ama omg to attend! 🙏

  6. SarahTuesday, October 2nd, 2018 — 10:24pm PST


  7. Tabby72Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 — 6:35am PST

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

  8. Sara ChiesaWednesday, October 3rd, 2018 — 7:30am PST

    My best friend loves fashion, would love to take her to this! 🙂

  9. AnaWednesday, October 3rd, 2018 — 7:58am PST

    This would a great experience 🙂

  10. JessicaWednesday, October 3rd, 2018 — 7:59am PST

    Wow! Would love to go!

  11. colleen tsoukalasWednesday, October 3rd, 2018 — 9:08am PST

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

  12. DaneWednesday, October 3rd, 2018 — 9:51am PST

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

  13. GloriaWednesday, October 3rd, 2018 — 9:55am PST

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

  14. VeronikaWednesday, October 3rd, 2018 — 11:03am PST

    Ohhhh my daughter would love to see this show!!

  15. KellyWednesday, October 3rd, 2018 — 1:08pm PST

    What a great exhibition!

  16. EileenWednesday, October 3rd, 2018 — 5:27pm PST


  17. Shelley ButcherThursday, October 4th, 2018 — 3:46am PST

    Would love to take my daughter.

  18. ddThursday, October 4th, 2018 — 12:03pm PST

    love to attend

  19. Kate ChoiThursday, October 4th, 2018 — 12:09pm PST

    Would love to go!

  20. Janis FThursday, October 4th, 2018 — 2:11pm PST

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

  21. Jason BThursday, October 4th, 2018 — 8:23pm PST


  22. LindaThursday, October 4th, 2018 — 8:41pm PST

    This looks like a fantastic exhibition.

  23. Teagan SalterThursday, October 4th, 2018 — 8:48pm PST

    I would die to see Rihanna’s met gala dress in person 😻

  24. Karen MillerThursday, October 4th, 2018 — 9:00pm PST

    This will be an amazing event.

  25. HershThursday, October 4th, 2018 — 9:41pm PST

    Looks good.

  26. LisaThursday, October 4th, 2018 — 11:26pm PST

    Posting for a chance @ the prize!

  27. Carolyn CFriday, October 5th, 2018 — 1:51pm PST

    I love her work!

  28. TonySunday, October 7th, 2018 — 9:16pm PST

    This looks like a fun exhibit to check out!

  29. Cheuk LauMonday, October 8th, 2018 — 3:17pm PST

    great event

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