Guo Pei: Couture Beyond

October 13, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Guo Pei
One Thousand and Two Nights, 2010 (detail)
silk mesh gown embroidered with silk-, 24-karat gold- and silver-spun thread, and embellished with crystals, gems, beads, sequins and pearls; embroidered silk cape trimmed in fox fur; brass crown embellished with gems, Swarovski crystals, diamontes and pearls
Photo: Courtesy of SCAD

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond is the first Canadian exhibition devoted to the work of Guo Pei, China’s preeminent couturière. This mid-career survey features more than forty complete looks from Guo Pei’s most iconic runways from 2006 to 2017. In her theatrical, extravagant creations, Guo Pei combines contemporary aesthetics, production methods and materials with ancient tradition, evoking Chinese history and mythology in her craft techniques, fabric selection and imagery. The exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of her evolution as a designer as well as her contribution to global fashion culture.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, an initiative of the Institute of Asian Art, in collaboration with SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film and curated by Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art and Stephanie Rebick, Associate Curator

Visionary Partners for the Institute of Asian Art:

Liu Bao, Wang Ying and Liu Manzhao

Supporting Sponsor:
Additional Sponsor:
Major support generously provided by:

Rosy Shang

With additional support from:

The IAA Development Committee (Angela Bi, Gary Chen, Amelia Gao, Shawn He and Yin Qing) and Christopher and Tara Poseley.

Official Hotel Partner:


Guo Pei: Couture Beyond

Published by Rizzoli Electa, 2018


Hardcover, 168 pages


Foreword by Paula Wallace, Introduction by Lynn Yaeger, Photographed by Howl Collective