Most of you might remember Chinese haute couturier Guo Pei as the designer behind Rihanna’s iconic and extraordinary yellow fur-trimmed cape for the 2015 Met Gala.
Beijing-born Guo, 52, is one of, if not the most notable Chinese couturiers to date (thanks to the global recognition that came with the pop singer sporting her yellow cape), and is known for her extravagant and almost-theatrical couture aesthetic – think rich embroideries, floral appliqués and ornate embellishments.
She will be showcasing 29 of her most iconic embroidered masterworks, alongside 20 Chinese art masterpieces from the Asian Civilisations Museum’s collection, in an exhibition called Guo Pei: Chinese Art & Couture that opens from 15 June.
And it also includes traditional Chinese wedding outfits that, in fact, drew inspiration by artworks in the Singapore National Collection.
If you’ve been following Chinese pop culture, this dress might look familiar to you. Worn by a celebrity for her wedding, this dress was created by @guopei, inspired by one of @acm_sg’s collection of Peranakan bridal outfits during a travelling show on Peranakan art at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris. Discover masterpieces of craft and couture at “Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture”. Exhibition opens 15 June. #ACMxGuoPei Photo by @russelwong.
Among them is a kua, inspired by one of ACM’s collection of Peranakan bridal outfits during a travelling show on Peranakan art at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris.
Coming Soon | We bring to you, for the first time in Asia, the dress that made headlines at the 2015 #metgala, along with other incredible couture creations by @GuoPei, and fascinating masterpieces from our National Collection in the first exhibition of our Season of Chinese Art — Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture. -KT #DirectorACM #ACMxGuoPei #UnderstandEverything
And yes, if you were wondering, that majestic cape that that went viral as the ‘omelette dress’ will also be on display in Asia for the first time.