For the inhabitants of the fashion world, the Met Ball is no doubt the highlight of the calendar year. This year’s theme, “China: Through the Looking Glass” saw an exhibition put together by The Costume Institute, exploring the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion.
On the Met Gala red carpet, everything came to a standstill when singer and style icon Rihanna stepped out in a custom corset by Agent Provocateur, wrapped around by a celestial embroidered yellow coat with a meter-long train by Asian Couturier Extraordinaire Madam Guo Pei— showcasing the pinnacle of Chinese design through a light of modernity.
With over 30 years of experience, she has witnessed the development of China’s fashion industry and have been a significant change agent in every turn of China’s history of fashion. Magnificent Gold, which currently takes up an entire room at the stately Metropolitan Museum of Art, was designed 12 years ago. A culmination of 50,000 man hours, the gold masterpiece is an expression of energy and power, and a summary of Madam Guo Pei’s design experiences over the years.