Written by Ian Thompson | 23 July 2019
Bonaveri has sponsored a new exhibition in Singapore featuring works by eminent Chinese fashion designer, Guo Pei. The exhibition is a showcase of contemporary couture presented alongside masterpieces of centuries-old Asian artworks.
29 haute couture dresses by designer Guo Pei, presented on Schläppi 2200 mannequins, explore contemporary Chinese art within the context of Asian craft. 黄皇后 (Yellow Queen), the iconic cape worn by Rihanna to the 2015 Met Gala is staged at the opening of the exhibition on a Schlaäppi 2200 mannequin positioned on a dramatic black stepped platform.
We wanted a show that would introduce visitors to aspects of Chinese art – materials like silk and porcelain, the craft of embroidery, motifs like peonies and phoenixes – in a completely unexpected and, hopefully, very memorable fashion.Mr Kennie Ting, Director of Asian Civilisations Museum and Peranakan Museum
The Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore will host the exhibition from the 15th of June until the 15th of September 2019 with a number of events planned for the duration of the show.
Infused with Imperial Chinese motifs and mythology, Guo Pei’s work reflects the influence imperial art, traditional export art, and folk art have had on the designer. By presenting Pei’s contemporary work alongside historical objects, exhibition curator Jackie Yoong, offers an insight into modern-day Chinese design.
Bonaveri has worked previously with Guo Pei, supplying Schläppi mannequins for her acclaimed “Legend” exhibition in Melbourne.View the exhibition article here.
Throughout the exhibition, Pei’s haute couture gowns are displayed using Bonaveri’s classic, Schläppi 2200 female mannequins. Finished in a fine matt gold, the mannequins contribute an expressive spirit to the richness of the exhibition.
As part of the exhibition, the Asian Civilisations Museum has published a book entitled, Guo Pei: Chinese Art & Couture, by Jackie Yoong which includes many of the Schläppi mannequins used throughout the exhibition.
Visit the Asian Civilisations Museum for more information.
Images courtesy of the ACM.