The ever-ambitious Chinese couturier Guo Pei took heavenly inspiration from architectural lines of arches, buttresses and towers. She interpreted them as vaulted pannier skirts, arched necklines, quatrefoil lace, and rose window embroideries.
The show notes described her intention to evoke architecture’s ‘’beauty of strength’’ via garments that suggest ‘’a dialogue between the human body and spatial dimension’’. Many of her designs came richly embroidered with three-dimensional elements. In a standout, filigree structures appeared to be drawn in the air just above the surface of the dress.
Through a translator, Pei said : ‘’Haute couture, if it’s really interesting, doesn’t have to be close to everyday life, and very few designers have to dare to use their extreme designs to express themselves.It doesn’t have to be wearable like ready-to-wear’’.