Close up: Guo Pei Paris Haute Couture SS 2019

“The Palace of the East isn’t only a building, but also refers to women, because in Chinese culture you have different sayings about women in palaces. It also refers to the outfits and garments women are wearing in these palaces.

And you’ll see it in my collection, which reflects all these outfits and garments. As for the people in the audience,” Pei continued, “I don’t really want them to understand the Eastern culture of the Palace of the East. I want them to read all this through their own imagination.”

The dresses are so spectacular and theatrical that defining them as sumptuous would be an understatement. It is a pity that we could not see them at closer range, to take in the embroidery techniques. (