Guo Pei, the Chinese designer who made a splash into the international scene with her famous yellow dress donned by Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala, was in Atlanta Sept. 21 to see her first solo U.S. exhibition kick off at Atlanta’s own SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film.
The exhibit, entitled Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, highlights the couturier’s meteoric rise into the zeitgeist and houses over 30 of her most dramatic gowns, plus ready-to-wear, footwear and accessories. (And, yes, the most famous yellow gown in the world will be on display.) Pei (through a translator) says that the exhibit “is very important to me because the United States is very different from Paris, Beijing and other cities in this world. Recognition and acclaim in the U.S. market is often seen as a mark of success and is something to which many fashion brands aspire. It is representative of a wider fashion [school of thought] and encompasses very avant-garde fashion ideas. Holding a solo exhibition in the United States for the first time means that, like SCAD, I am stepping out onto a more global platform.” Also in the works is a Rizzoli-published monolith of Pei’s work—forward penned by SCAD’s own Paula Wallace—and a U.S.-targeted ready-to-wear collection.
Through March 4, 1600 Peachtree St. NE, scadfash.org
Photography by: Guo Pei