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Designer wins admirers in New Zealand

Updated: 2023-12-16 16:36 ( China Daily )
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Guo, renowned Chinese designer, whose works are currently on display in New Zealand.[Photo/China Daily]

The Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Wang Xiaolong said in his speech, "What makes Ms Guo Pei so unique is the ability to combine what is traditional, what is modern and contemporary and even futuristic. Her art combines what is East and what is West. The products are amazing beauty filled with global art.

"I think the exhibition will help to open a window with unique looking glass through which, hopefully, more New Zealanders can get to know China better, a country that is increasingly resonating with the rest of the world but, at the same time, keeps its roots firmly and deeply in its time and traditions," Wang said.

Exhibition attendees, including the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Paul Goldsmith, and Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown, showed their genuine fondness for the craftsmanship and elegance manifested in Guo's haute couture.

Gordon Bayne, CEO of a local media company, commented on the exhibition's uniqueness: "Truly magnificent! New Zealanders love fashion, and we celebrate artistry. It's very much welcome for Kiwis to see this amazing exhibition."

Appreciating the handmade silk embroidery haute couture, business owner Liz Scott and her husband Glen from Waiheke Island acknowledged the dedication put into the dresses.

Siblings Alex and Michael Jones, who resided in Beijing for several years, spoke about their deep connection to Chinese culture and how they take inspiration from Guo's work. The pair said that they miss Beijing a lot, noting that Guo's work is truly inspiring to the young generation.

Phoebe Watt, an editor from FashioNZ, took photos of what was on view.

She characterizes the exhibition as unparalleled in Australasia. "This is the best fashion exhibition ever. The Yellow Queen is a mustsee. But I also fell in love with other collections such as the Legend of Dragon, the L'Architecture, and the Legends," she said.

Adding to the chorus of voices, Sharon Lacy, a lawyer and a dedicated art enthusiast who flew in from Australia, attested to the dramatic power of Guo's work. "The exhibition showcases different series, making it a powerful blend of Eastern and Western histories and cultures," she said.

Born in Beijing, Guo is a world-renowned couturier known for her opulent and intricately detailed creations. With a career spanning more than two decades, Guo has been a trailblazer in the fashion world, pushing boundaries and redefining the concept of haute couture.



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