Guo Pei Takes Over Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is exhibiting the work of couture designer Guo Pei next month. With over 60 of Guo Pei’s creations, the exhibition will showcase Pei’s most innovative pieces from 2005 to 2020.

“This exhibition celebrates one of the world’s most renowned couturiers. Guo Pei’s extravagant ensembles are works of art, incorporating extraordinary fabrics and exquisite embroidery, and capturing influences from across the world,” said Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, Director of Auckland Art Gallery Kirsten Lacy.

“Each piece has been created with intricate skill and precision, representing thousands of hours of dedication and remarkable artistry.”

Inspired by elements of nature, mythology, and Eurasian traditions, the exhibition will take viewers through a journey of fantasy and magic.

“I am delighted that visitors of Auckland Art Gallery will experience my works spanning many
years. As visitors walk through the exhibition, I hope they will be able to empathize with how I felt creating these works, as well as my passion for different cultures all around the world,” said Pei.

Guo Pei is known for her work with numerous celebrities and one of those creations is the Yellow Queen gown worn by Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala, which will be showcased at the Auckland Art Gallery alongside other never-seen-before outfits.

The publication Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy will be also available at the Gallery shop online and in-store along with a special range for the exhibition which includes Guo Pei-designed scarves, ceramics, Barbie dolls, gifts, and more.

Partnering with this event is the Standard Hollywood Cinema, Avondale which will be screening a documentary film about Guo Pei on the 6th of December.

There will also be an opportunity to watch Pei live in conversation with Viva’s Dan Ahwa at the Auckland Art Gallery on the 10th of December.

Taking Guo Pei into the new year will be Late Night: Guo Pei as you can explore your inner fashionista and enjoy a spectacular evening of fashion, live music, food, illustration, and more.

Other events at the Auckland Art Gallery in the following months include the Lunar New Year Festival this December and the Fashion Fantasy Ball in March.