Guo Pei’s Legend of the Dragon
If I had said previously that Women’s Fashion Week this year is a cosy affair without the trappings of pomp and fanfare of the previous years, I take it all back.
Following closely behind the Prêt-à-Porter presentations of the previous weekend, with only a single day of rest in between, Couture Fashion Week 2012 is in an extraordinary league of its own. The grand opener was Guo Pei, presenting her latest collection, “The Legend of the Dragon”.
From a gown that was unfurled to reveal the most exquisite handiwork of intricate embroidery and beading, each piece that followed was more fantastical, grand, and breathtaking than the last. It had been a long time since I was gripped the way I was, stuck fast to my seat, with chills running up my spine. I was completely held in Guo Pei’s enthrall.
It was a visual and aural feast; each dress seemed to tell a story, weaving a fantasy with magic. Although always about the conveyance of the strength and beauty of the Asian culture and soul at its heart, hints of western influences could be seen. From the Victorian era, in dresses were glided down the runway to the slightly eerie tinkling of a music box.
In an interview with the New York Times, Guo Pei admitted, “I have a desire to create something that is fashion and is not fashion, so a dress ends up weighing 50 kilos! Every piece is not fashion anymore. It’s sculpture; it’s painting. I want to put all that into a dress.”
Guo Pei is not merely China’s answer to couture making. Looking back, she is a keen observer and archiver of a culture and history that continues to be preserved. Looking forward, an icon and representation of China’s new Gilded Age marked by unabashed opulence.
The Legend of the Dragon closed with two moon fairies. One in blue, one in gold; dancing together, coming close; never too far. There couldn’t have been a clearer allusion to fluidity and fantasy.
Images: Fide Fashion Weeks
Although it’s a modern illustration, this image well-depicts a detailed evolution of Vietnamese fashion with sources to back them up. Don’t know if you accept this sort of thing, but I thought you might find it interesting, at least!
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Holy fuckballs! I would dress the boyfriend up in one of these, sit him in a wingback chair, hand him a cup of tea, and tell him he was pretty…for eight hours straight.
Fantastic hybrids of menswear and corsetry by Sylvain Nuffer.
Top right is gorgeous.
I don’t know what to wear for Sunday, so you can pick tumblr.
All outfits subject to minor changes~
What do you think?
WAAAAAAA SO GORGEOUS! Plus you’ve got some serious coordinating skills.
This is old, I know, but… Bottom left is my favorite, followed by being torn between the two on the right. I feel like I want to see the top right coord with the red wig (does it match? I can’t quite tell.) and the bottom right one without. I like the top left one as well it’s just I like the others better.
EDIT: lol I totally reblogged this before and was just like, “hey, pretty pictures” and didn’t even pay attention… oops!
such awesome dresses and hair and such!