Chinese Designer Guo Pei has been gaining in recognition and fame over the past few years after dressing Rihanna for the Met Gala in 2015 in conjunction with the Metropolitan’s couture exhibition, China Through the Looking Glass.
The dress had a train that stretched about 3 city blocks (not really but it sure seemed that way!) and it took 20 months to complete. The dress was made from “lots of gold thread” and fox fur and was constructed for Pei’s 2010 runway show. The fashionistas seemed to go crazy for it although Rihanna remarked that she had a hard time walking around in it, which isn’t surprising as the dress weighs about 55 pounds.
The social media critics were not so kind posting a lot of memes comparing it to a pizza.
If you get Netflix, there is a whole documentary about the 2015 Met Gala and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s staging of the exhibition entitled The First Monday in May. In one of my previous careers I ran a museum and staging exhibitions is ALWAYS filled with drama and egos and concerns that things won’t come off on schedule so I loved watching it and recognizing that even huge museums like the Met face the same drama that small museums do. I also am somewhat fascinated by Anna Wintour and although people label her as an ice queen and impossible, etc., etc., I like her. She is no-nonsense, doesn’t suffer fools and gets the job done. Yes, she can be overbearing but I have to say, she is very clear in her direction and as long as she is driving the bus, all is good. I probably wouldn’t last one day working for her as she is brutal to those who don’t tow the line AND I am not a size zero but nevertheless, I admire her. Here is a trailer for the documentary:
After watching the documentary I also loved Andrew Bolton, the curator of the show. He was cool as a cucumber in the face of a lot of stress. If you take the time to watch it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Back to Guo Pei. She does some AMAZING work. Very highly detailed and imaginative but oftentimes I look at what she does and think, WTH? Her 2017 SS Runway show was filled with dresses that are so farfetched that one cannot imagine anyone wearing them. Toss in the crowns and shoes and you think that the whole thing is an overwrought nightmare. I have NEVER seen models walk slower. It is like watching paint dry but you are also tense as you keep waiting for them to fall down as they balance crowns and walk on wooden platform “shoes.” If you fast forward to 25:25 the lead model causes a traffic jam when her sleeve thingy gets caught on the side of the runway and she just stood there like a deer in headlights because if she bend down it would have been like the tumbling of a line of dominos as one emaciated model fell onto the next. Timber! If you can stand the snail’s pace of the show, you are rewarded by the sheer weirdness of the whole thing. Nobody did a runway show like Alexander McQueen but you can certainly see that Guo is attempting to emulate his flair for the dramatic.
Here are some still shots of the collection.
If I ever saw someone dressed like this following me on the street, I would run for my life as they all seem a bit possessed — straight out of a Tim Burton movie. I can’t wait to see what Guo does next AND I will be blogging about the Met Gala just a few weeks from now. Yahoo.