The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will present the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of designs by eminent Chinese couturière Guo Pei, Sept. 7, 2017–March 4, 2018, at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film.
In her fantastical, unrestrained creations, Guo Pei imbues contemporary high fashion with ancient tradition, invoking history and mythology through intricate craftsmanship and avant-garde silhouettes rife with symbolism. This landmark exhibition will feature more than 30 of Guo Pei’s most exquisite gowns, accordant footwear, and accessories, including the now-iconic Imperial yellow cape worn by Rihanna to the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Costume Institute Gala in 2015 — a seminal moment that introduced Guo Pei to America’s fashion cognoscenti.
In concert with the exhibition, SCAD is collaborating with alumni to produce a major monograph celebrating Guo Pei’s spectacular oeuvre. The book, the first to focus solely on Guo Pei, will feature captivating new and archival images of the designer’s work and offer insight into her remarkable career and global significance as an artist. The volume will be published by Skira Rizzoli and is slated for release in December 2017.
“International superstar fashion artist Guo Pei is in a league of her own, as is SCAD, the preeminent source of knowledge in the disciplines we teach,” said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. “It is our honor to partner with Guo Pei and with our friends at Rizzoli to publish the first grand compilation of her work as part of the SCAD Museum Book Collection. Readers will become immersed in the ethereal, magical world of Guo Pei and the wonders she creates.“
SCAD has commissioned HOWL, a creative collective including three SCAD photography alumni — Jim Lind (B.F.A., photography, 2010), Patrick O’Brien (B.F.A., photography, 2010) and Elliot Ross (B.F.A., photography, 2011) — to capture Guo Pei’s designs, which the team photographed in richly styled vignettes at locations throughout the Lowcountry. Supplemental studio images provide a closer examination of each garment’s ornate artistry and opulent details. A short film chronicling the alumni collaboration and the production of the book is scheduled for release in conjunction with the exhibition’s opening.
A concise, complementary exhibition of Guo Pei’s work will open in October 2017, at Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah, Georgia.
Guo Pei is China’s most renowned couturière and the first Chinese national designer invited to join the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. For more than 20 years, she has dressed distinguished ladies, royalty, political elite and international influencers. Her show-stopping, magnificent creations make her a modern messenger of her cultural heritage. Guo Pei made her Paris Fashion Week debut in January 2016 to wide critical acclaim.
She has been named one of Time magazine‘s “100 Most Influential People” and one of The Business of Fashion‘s 500 “People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry.” Her work has been covered by major international news and fashion media outlets, including Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, The Sunday Times, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, CNN and Forbes.
SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film celebrates fashion as a universal language, garments as important conduits of identity, and film as an immersive and memorable medium. Situated within the SCAD Atlanta campus at 1600 Peachtree St. NW, SCAD FASH focuses on the future of fashion design, connecting conceptual to historical principles of dress — whether ceremonial, celebratory or casual — and welcomes visitors of all ages to engage with dynamic exhibitions, captivating films, and educationally enriching events.
Within nearly 10,000 square feet of elegant and adaptable exhibition space, SCAD FASH brings a dynamic and distinct schedule of fashion-focused exhibitions and compelling films to the heart of Midtown Atlanta. SCAD FASH is named among Condé Nast Traveler‘s 16 best fashion museums in the world and the best global fashion resource in Atlanta by Creative Loafing. Beyond its extensive gallery space, SCAD FASH includes a fashion resource room for the presentation of techniques and materials, a state-of-the-art media lounge for educational film and digital presentations, collections storage, and a stunning grand entrance and lobby. An additional 27,000 square feet of academic and studio space also surrounds the perimeter of the museum, providing students immediate access to the museum and its resources.
Fortified by the university’s strong global presence and worldwide connections to renowned contemporary fashion designers, filmmakers and creative professionals all over the world, SCAD FASH is an integral part of the SCAD educational experience.
Like the award-winning SCAD Museum of Art, SCAD FASH serves as a teaching museum and creative resource for students of all ages and a wellspring of inspiration for visitors. Through programming that engages the university’s broad array of academic disciplines — encompassing more than 40 majors and more than 75 minors — SCAD FASH offers a diverse, year-round program of exhibitions, films, installations, performances and events to enliven and inspire SCAD students and the greater community. Every program is designed to engage and appeal to visitors with varied backgrounds and interests, from textiles and jewelry to photography and film.
Throughout the year at each of its locations around the world, SCAD hosts a spectacular lineup of thought-provoking, sparkling, star-studded events that place art and design education front and center. SCAD FASH promotes valuable career-building connections and continues this rich tradition by affording students and professors across all disciplines the opportunity to celebrate works of wearable art and remarkable filmmaking, and to interact with the renowned and emerging creative professionals who create them.
For more information, visit www.scadfash.org.