The National Gallery of Victoria’s impressive inaugural Triennial exhibition features displays of contemporary artists from 32 countries. A stand out for me was the collection of extraordinary creations from Chinese born fashion designer Guo Pei from her 2017 Spring/Summer ‘Legend’ couture parade.
All of the ‘Legend’ pieces are on loan from a private collection. These amazing gowns are feats of one woman’s remarkable imagination and design prowess. Bringing her phenomenal concepts to life took hundreds of skilled artisans thousands of hours to complete.
Pei’s inspiration came from her visit to the baroque cathedral of St. Gallen in Switzerland, and her fascination with ancient stories such as Marie Antoinette’s time at La Conciergerie before her beheading.
This display is a feast of crystals, embroidery, silk, feathers, metal, PVC, gold thread and organza.
If you are in Melbourne and have some spare time I highly recommend a visit. Entry is free and the exhibition runs until 15 April, 2018.
Here are some of the photos I took during my visit.
Guo Pei’s ‘Legend’ couture fashion show ended spectacularly with this Red Goddess gown. Carmen Dell’Orefice, octogenarian and American model, paraded the gown which is said to symbolise blood. Made from metallic fabric, silk, crystals and embroidery, this sculptural piece makes a dramatic statement as you enter and exist the exhibition.
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