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China Daily | Updated: 2023-12-16 16:36
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Part of a fashion exhibition of works by Guo Pei at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, in November 2022.[Photo/China News Service]

As the sun dipped below the skyline, the Auckland Art Gallery sparkled with the presence of celebrities and dignitaries, who came to celebrate the exquisite symphony of art, fashion and heritage, as the Chinese couturier Guo Pei unveiled her exhibition Fashion, Art, Fantasy.

The six-month exhibition, from Dec 9, will showcase over 60 striking garments from Guo's two-decade-long career, inviting New Zealanders to immerse themselves in the grandeur of her art couture.

The opening ceremony commenced with the soul-stirring resonance of a Maori Karanga, a ceremonial call of welcome to the artist and her family, followed by traditional blessings and songs.

The exclusive exhibition not only displays Guo's representative masterpiece, the Yellow Queen gown and outfits never seen before in any other gallery or museum, but also features a series of unique public events, including an interview with the artist, the Chinese New Year Festival and a fashion fantasy ball.

"It is a privilege to present the magnificent work of Guo Pei to New Zealand, for the very first time," says Kirsten Lacy, director of the Auckland Art Gallery.

Describing Guo's creations as more than fashion, she coined the term "art couture" to capture the essence of the exhibition.

Guo said in her speech that she wishes to share her love and inspiration in her work with the New Zealand audience.

"Art transcends all the boundaries we impose. I aspire for my work to convey integrity, to transmit love, and to embody my civilization, along with the culture that flows in my veins," the artist said.

"In reality, culture and art know no borders; they belong not only to a single nation or ethnicity but to all of humanity. A country's museum represents the culture and refinement of its people," she noted.

"Much of my learning has been derived from museums, (which) I am delighted to present, in the most beautiful manner, within this art gallery and share with everyone, inspiring and uplifting all."

Guo herself also engaged in an exchange by introducing her work to the audience, offering insights into the inspiration behind each creation.

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