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Directed by Pietra Brettkelly

New Zealand, China, France, Italy, Switzerland, United States 2018 97 mins. In Mandarin with English subtitles

World-renowned fashion designer Guo Pei, working in the field since the late 1980s but becoming increasingly known in the 2000s, truly splashed onto the international scene in a big way in 2015 with Rihanna’s yellow Met Gala dress, now a legendary entry in high couture history. But Guo’s practice does not belie the glitz suggested by the frequent end result of her work, instead directly employing hundreds of workers with whom she has a mentor-like relationship, while her own worldview is down-to-earth and shaped by her modest upbringing. Tracking Guo’s work from the Met Gala craze to the designer’s 2017 solo show in Paris, filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly tracks the competing forces at work when thinking about Guo—tradition against encroaching hyper-modernity and craftsmanship against the lure of mass production foremost among them, but also the extreme pressure she faces as China’s most recognizable designer. This delicate  look into the life and work of one of couture’s most respected designers is “compelling and stimulating.”—Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Essential Cinema