Guo Pei, dress and jacket from the An Amazing Journey in a Childhood Dream collection (2008) (photo by HOWL Collective)

In her fantastical, unrestrained creations, Guo Pei imbues contemporary high fashion with ancient tradition, invoking history and mythology through intricate craftsmanship, opulent embroidery and sumptuous detail. The SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film exhibition highlights more than 40 of Guo Pei’s most dramatic couture designs, alongside a selection of custom dresses and jackets, accordant footwear and accessories. Featured prominently is the now-iconic imperial yellow cape worn by Rihanna to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in 2015 — a seminal moment that introduced Guo Pei to America’s fashion cognoscenti.

For more than 20 years, Guo Pei, the first Chinese national designer invited to join the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, has dressed celebrities, royalty and political elite. Long heralded as a modern messenger of the country’s rich cultural heritage, Guo Pei made her Paris Fashion Week debut in January 2016 to wide critical acclaim. She has also been named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” and one of The Business of Fashion’s 500 “People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry.” Her work has been covered in several major media outlets, including Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, The Sunday Times and The New York Times.

A concise, complementary exhibition of Guo Pei’s designs will be on view October 27, 2017, through March 4, 2018, at SCAD’s Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah, Georgia.

Admission is free to all museum members, as well as SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond continues at the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film (1600 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia) and the Pei Ling Chan Gallery (322 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Savannah, Georgia) through March 4, 2018.

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