GUO PEI for her SS19 Couture collection converted the Palais de Tokyo into a splendid and elegant Palace, bridging Heaven and Earth, shimmering in imperial grandeur and Taoist mystery. Guo Pei found her inspiration from the goddess Chang'e in the moon Palace to the fairies in the Dragon palace the alluring and romantic mythology of the east. In Chinese the word Gong (meaning Palace) is both a symbol of ultimate power and a synonym for the queen. For 5000 years of China's history the palace has been the place of legends and dramas. With Guo Pei's new collection she has recounted through fashion the stories of the East Palace.
Guo Pei's newest collection takes us on a cultural voyage but not without innovation. Guo Pei marries eastern culture with western textiles: twill woven with colorful metallic patent leather, sequins and prints. A highlight of the collection was the mother-of-pearl inlay from Japan. The seductive iridescence of mother of pearl into silk brocade reflects the opulence of the East.