Call it extravagant, artistic, over the top, or stunning.  Whatever you think of it, there’s no doubt that the “Guo Pei Couture Beyond” exhibit at the Bowers Museum will take your breath away.  Perhaps I don’t travel in such exalted circles, but it was a treat to see these beautiful gowns.

Artistic Guo Pei

Everything this Chinese designer does is artistic, but I think this organza gown is especially so.  It caught my eye early in the show.  The fabric reminds me of cathedral ceilings.

Metal and organza gown with hoops and Swarovski crystals

Metal and organza gown with hoops and Swarovski crystals

Those metal hoops took me by surprise.  One usually doesn’t see that sort of thing in a party dress.  As this was one of my first pieces, I was learning to expect the unexpected.

A bit over-the-top

I think you’ll agree with me when I say the following image illustrates much more than a simple gown.  This dress floats above the floor; I wonder if it’s heavy.

Hand-woven bamboo dress with metal flowers and gold lace

Hand-woven bamboo dress with metal flowers and gold lace

Don’t ask me any questions about this gown.  I can’t imagine wearing it, walking in it, or sitting down!  Still, it certainly takes fashion to a fantastic height.

Extravagance

I’m dubbing the following image as extravagant because of the variety of materials used to make it.  The lace and silk are basic.  The diamonds aren’t.

Lace jumpsuit and silk jacquard jacket with mesh overlay, embellished with diamonds, gems and sequins

Lace jumpsuit and silk jacquard jacket with mesh overlay, embellished with diamonds, gems and sequins

I also think the jacket sleeves are playful.  Those tube-shaped attachments go across the back of the jacket as well. For the record, here’s an image of the shoes that go with the jumpsuit.

Detailed view of shoes that accompany the lace jumpsuit

Detailed view of shoes that accompany the lace jumpsuit

Guo Pei designs are stunning

I’ll end with another of my favorites, a dress from Guo Pei’s An Amazing Journey in A Childhood Dream collection.  At first, I thought the sleeves a bit strange, but now I like this simple silk affair.

Silk dress embroidered with silver-spun thread, embellished with gemstones and Swarovski crystals

Silk dress embroidered with silver-spun thread, embellished with gemstones and Swarovski crystals

Well, it’s simple for Guo Pei.

I hope you get a chance to visit the Bowers Museum.  The Guo Pei exhibit will close in a couple of days.  Surprisingly, I didn’t discover it until a few days ago.  Thank goodness, I did!

To see more images from my visit, please click here.

 

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