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Guo Pei: Couture Beyond – Extended due to popular demand

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Chinese couturière designer Guo Pei was born in the late 1960s, during the cultural revolution. Her grandmother told her stories of the splendid clothing of the Qing dynasty. She grew up to reject the austerity of the Maoist years and now creates extraordinary and technically exquisite ‘costumes’ for those that can afford dresses laden with Swarovski crystals or fabricated from gilded, woven bamboo.

The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana’s stunning exhibition, Guo Pei: Couture Beyondfeatures 40 pieces from her boldest runway shows that underscore the artistic, structural and fantastical nature of her work.  The show has been such a hit they’ve extended it through July 21. Catch it while you can. Read or listen to KCRW’s ArtTalk host Edward Goldman’s thoughts on the exhibition here.

 Exhibition extended through Sunday, July 21.