As a part of a collaboration with its Season of Chinese Art series, which explored how Chinese art, aesthetics and traditions are reinterpreted for today’s contemporary world, Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture opens a dialogue between historical and contemporary Chinese design, through a masterworks pieces, displayed in the Asian Civilisations Museum.
The dramatic and sculptural gowns from the Chinese leading couturiere reflect many influences of Chinese imperial art and mythology. Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture features and array of full-colour images of her exquisite masterpieces. From the Magnificent Gold dress to the sculptural Blue-and-White Porcelain dress with a touch of Chinese patterns of flowers, crests and clouds.
Adding the excitement to the exhibition, Guo Pei’s most famous work Yellow Queen, the spectacular gown with 25-kg cape and three-metre train, that Rihanna wore to the 2015 MET Gala is also on the display is also there!
The Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture is also said to be the first fashion-focused one for ACM. Kennie Ting, the Director of Asian Civilisations Museum and Peranakan Museum explains that the aim of featuring the masterpieces is “to make a point as to how heritage and tradition are very much relevant to the contemporary; that heritage and tradition can be remarkably sexy and alluring…”.
Furthermore, the Chinese Art and Couture curator, Jackie Yoong also added that every couture piece and ACM artefact in the exhibition was also carefully chosen and paired. All the efforts has nothing more but to show how Guo Pei’s works creatively reimagines significant Chinese artistic traditions for a contemporary audience.
For those of you who wonders, the couture exhibition will be still available for visit until September 15, 2019 at the Asian Civilisations Museum. In addition, the museum has also organised many activities for the tourist, including guided tours, lectures and weekend festival. Head over to Asian Civilisations Museum official page, to catch some more details.