Floral motifs, associated with femininity, have a long history in Chinese decorative arts and textiles and appear frequently in couturier Guo Pei’s designs. For her 2015 collection, Garden of Soul, Guo Pei cites the Chinese saying, “There is a kingdom in a flower; a wisdom in a leaf.” She further explains, “I always find the power of nature fascinating, especially when the flowers are blossoming,” and draws comparisons between the human soul and gardens and their mutual need to be nurtured. This exclusive silk folding fan, designed by Guo Pei, was created in celebration of the exhibition Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy at the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco. The perfect accessory for any occasion, the silk fan is also adorned with a tassel and is beautifully gift boxed for easy gift giving. Measures 8 in. in length, 16 in. open.
The exhibition Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor focuses on the extraordinary designs of Guo Pei—hailed as China’s first couturier. Through exquisite craftsmanship, lavish embroidery, and unconventional dressmaking techniques, Guo Pei creates a fantasy that fuses the influences of China’s imperial past and export art, European architecture, international theater, and the botanical world.
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