Chinese Couturier Guo Pei Will Curate Sotheby's 'Midas Touch' Sale In London
In 2015, Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei broke the internet when she created Rihanna’s sweeping yellow gown for the Met Gala. She’s set to make another mark on the international stage in October thanks to her new partnership with Sotheby's, where she’ll be curating works—along with including four of her own couture gowns—for the famed auction house’s second edition of its Gold: The Midas Touch sale in London.
"Working with a prestigious institution like Sotheby’s has always been a wish of mine,” Pei wrote in a press release. “I am thrilled to make this collaboration a reality. Through Sotheby’s, passionate art lovers will have a chance to appreciate the true value of my couture creations."
The auction pays homage to the single metal, which is a signature design element in Pei’s artwork, with some of her pieces featuring 24-carat gold threads. Throughout her 30-year-career, the fashion couturier’s pieces have been inspired by combining her rich Chinese heritage with contemporary Western style.
Pei will be working with Sotheby’s specialists during New York Asia Week in September to finalise auction selections. Her gowns will be in good company, as the sale will also feature Fabergé items, medieval manuscripts along with Asian and Indian art.
One of the exhibit’s many highlights include a couple of gold horse heads designed by French-American sculptor Herbert Haseltine for Cary Grant’s ex-wife Barbara Hutton, who was once one of the richest women in the world, according to WWD.
The couturier's exquisite pieces are currently being featured in Sotheby’s exhibit Guo Pei: Couture Beyond in Santa Ana, California until July 21. Meanwhile, the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore recently unveiled its Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture show, which will run until September 15.
Pei has been breaking barriers globally in the past decade. Her designs have been featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she’s the first Asian member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, and she was the first Chinese designer to create outfits for the 2008 Olympics. But even with all these accolades, Pei’s focus still remains on perfecting her craft.
"To succeed, one must have perseverance and courage,” she told Tatler Asia in 2016. “My success is the fruit of my determination and passion. I am wildly in love with designing clothes and I don’t design solely for fame and recognition—it’s simply for my love in fashion.
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