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Meet Guo Pei, China's First Haute Couture Designer

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In the West, Guo Pei is known for making the canary-yellow gown Rihanna wore at this year’s Met Gala in New York. Growing up during the Cultural Revolution and China’s opening up, Guo shares how the country’s past has shaped her designs and innovations. Photo/Video: Menglin Huang/The Wall Street Journal Subscribe to the WSJ channel here: http://bit.ly/14Q81Xy More from the Wall Street Journal: Visit WSJ.com: http://www.wsj.com Follow WSJ on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wsjvideo Follow WSJ on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+wsj/posts Follow WSJ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WSJvideo Follow WSJ on Instagram: http://instagram.com/wsj Follow WSJ on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/wsj/ Don’t miss a WSJ video, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/14Q81Xy More from the Wall Street Journal: Visit WSJ.com: http://www.wsj.com Visit the WSJ Video Center: https://wsj.com/video On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/wsj/videos/ On Twitter: https://twitter.com/WSJ On Snapchat: https://on.wsj.com/2ratjSM
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Kiki Good (2 days ago)
I'm very surprised to see someone using a hot glue gun on such expensive gowns.
1GoldRunner (3 days ago)
I bet theirs a tracking device and hidden camera in every dress. Lol
Hanneke Teunissen (4 days ago)
She seems so pretty and sweet herself, and that burgundy top she is wearing looks gorgeous on her.
Alisha Rout (8 days ago)
What? She's older than my mother!! 😮 Great genes!
Yocomós (16 days ago)
Amazing :D
M. Ramirez (17 days ago)
Trash unwearable!
Bacchanalia (21 days ago)
You would think that the WSJ would know how to use words correctly. The correct term should be; China's first HIGH FASHION designer. The term HAUTE COUTURE is a term of designation of origin. HAUTE COUTURE can only be made in FRANCE. Not even the Italians called their high fashion HAUTE COUTURE, they call it ALTA MODA.
Wei Ah (1 month ago)
@ 4:53 I didn’t hear money, did u get the translation wrong?
林耿 (1 month ago)
Proud of her.
Like a omelette😂Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures was buried and rose again on the third day according to the 1Corinthians 15:3
Iv TM (3 months ago)
Sounding pretty down to earth
Ziwei Ha (3 months ago)
So proud of you Guo Pei.
Rin그냥 (3 months ago)
The true legend, i just fell in love with her~♥️
Helen Chan (3 months ago)
no taste, thick skin
Tsetsi (3 months ago)
This woman is a force
François De Beaucorps (3 months ago)
Im Chinese, but honestly, I don't think that Guo knows design, especially fashion..
Yo Mama (3 months ago)
Love her and her pride of belonging to her country and her heritage. So glad she did not give that up to become an "international" designer.
Ms D (3 months ago)
I love her work! I absolutely love that gown she designed for Rhianna.
googoogirl114 (3 months ago)
Her designs are stunning!!
Vignesh Dhakshina (3 months ago)
Respect for the creativity, respect for the other artisans working... truly inspirational ♥️
Mele Lani (4 months ago)
Her work is amazing
You did well, Jonghyun (4 months ago)
Her designs are INSANE. True, intricate, breathtaking and fearless art
Xinyi Zhu (4 months ago)
我居然才认识她,希望能为她做些什么
NTH THN (4 months ago)
She jokes about memes made of her creations. Respect!!!
I feel like nothing should be considered couture if its made with cheap labor. She doesnt have an atelier, she has a factory of 500+ people who she herself admits that their loyalty to her surpasses their desire for money (i.e. They're glad for the opportunity to earn just enough above average by working for Guo Pei instead of the sweatshops making H&M). Yes, there's a lot of crafstmanship in her designs, but nothing made with cheap Chinese labor deserves Haute Couture status.
Raii Macklemore (4 months ago)
👏👏👏 she and her team really works hard.. The gowns was beautiful..
Wei Ah (4 months ago)
I heard about her in china. And she’s such an inspiration to me. As a Chinese my parents disapproves of my dreams to become a fashion designer. I really need to show this to my mom lol
rebecca finn (4 months ago)
I've been following her clothes, & especially her shoes, ever since I was a teen. I even did my art GCSE based on her!
Karen Yau (4 months ago)
Wow I love her designs! I did not know she did Rihanna's dress!!! Also that Met dress is divine. Truly a work of art, absolutely exquisite.
Carla Chang (4 months ago)
看的时候觉得好感动好骄傲😭
Leia Jiang (4 months ago)
2:20 李玉刚!!♡♡♡
Eden Kim (4 months ago)
Its not haute couture unless the couturier is registered in paris
Yuvraj Singh Chouhan (5 months ago)
Love and respect from india
Tina Loye (5 months ago)
5 seconds in and she's now my fav for life
Catherine Malian (5 months ago)
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Smruti Joshi (5 months ago)
Wow so creative osm n inspiration person #smrutijoshi
OOF (8 months ago)
Amazing
Linda Adams (8 months ago)
I've been watching her fashion shows, and am now a fan !! Her creations are breath taking and beautiful. She is down to earth and proud of her heritage. :)
Milter Whore (9 months ago)
I don't think she is creative, but she is a good executor.
IDItheCRAZY (9 months ago)
to me , when i look at a dress , i only see the design and the beauty of it , i don't see a label mark to where it came from or to whom it was designed by.I see only hardwork, style and concept.The passion is the same no matter where you come from, we all work hard for one thing, is to bring extravagance to the runway.
Skinny Legend02 (9 months ago)
I think Chinese designs are elegant and beautiful and from a young age I’ve loved Chinese culture and have always been really interested in it so seeing this was beautiful
Danny Rodriguez (9 months ago)
I respect and love her.
wildcharm911 (10 months ago)
cliche and ugly
刘凯琳 (11 months ago)
Silly Chinese nationalist. As if there is anything to be proud of.
Liz Peña (11 months ago)
She is amazing
Arip Hidayat (11 months ago)
I love it. you inspired me to improve my ability in my way.
iam1ina1000000 (10 months ago)
Amazing what you can do without any talent when your daddy is one of those wealthy slave owners in China, and you have more money than god to spend on these ridiculous, excessively theatrical dresses. (Curious why they don't show the thousands of poor slaves trapped in her factory working 12 hours a day, seven days a week for only a dollar a day!) Disgusting!
Lucky Thai Chinese (11 months ago)
Cool!!
Simon Brooke (11 months ago)
That dress at 5:12 thoughhhhhhhhhhhh
Gitte Van de velde (1 year ago)
So.Pretty.
chimini (1 year ago)
that one gown for her goen collection in so many beautiful colors and bit of pink in it is so beautiful my eyes are bleeding
Azei Alaiiya (1 year ago)
Her Paris Fashion shows sucks,her design were not as amazing as it used to be ,not only sucks but pure trash
Theodora Manescu (1 year ago)
from what collection are the dresses from 3:01?
lamoskgr Moskow (1 year ago)
That looks amazing
余狗蛋 (1 year ago)
Ok,to be a Chinese Fashion lover...I don't like her desighs,Because there is no connotation, the aesthetic is very rural, only hanging by craft.
Vũ Jean (1 year ago)
She's badass.
Lol la (1 year ago)
Absolutely exquisite. Wish her all the best
Tic Tacs On the Floor (1 year ago)
oh wait it's wsj
CHRISTY W. (1 year ago)
It's haute couture, so it's meant to be bold and different, not bland and casual
Jenine S (1 year ago)
I would like to see biographical movie of hers.
XUE LI (1 year ago)
中国服装设计师人的骄傲!!!
Alex Lim (1 year ago)
Just wondering, was the guy in a fedora, Li Yu Gang? :P
Just life (1 year ago)
I TOTALLY LOVE THE FACT THAT SHE MEANS BUSINESS, THEY MENTIONED THAT IF SOMEONE WANTS HER DESIGNS THAT PERSON MUST PLACE A $50,000 MINIMUM PURCHASE WITH A PRICE TAG OF $4,000 THE CHEAPEST PIECE, BRAVO, GOOD FOR YOU GUOPENS, MOST OF PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO PAID FOR THEIR CLOTHING, THEU DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT DESIGNING AND CREATING FASHION OR CLOTHING TAKES TONS OF MONEY. THANKS
SlashBat (1 year ago)
0:15 referencing yuri on ice before it even existed lmao
kira lane (1 year ago)
So she's the designer that made the Rihanna omlete dress.
HexManiacCiaran (1 year ago)
how can you say fashion doesn't have the capacity to be an art form when there are people like Guo, that embroidery is no different to oil on canvas
CorpseTongji (1 year ago)
that moma dress is absolutely stunning unlike anything else shes will very likely be remembered as a genius of design
sylverwyng (1 year ago)
This is cool. But "chinese haute coutoure" is an impossible statement. By definition, if it isn't from Paris, it is NOT haute couture. :P
theresia2012 (1 year ago)
These clothes are pure ART
whataboutredlorry (1 year ago)
I love Guo Peis work. She has a Gallery/store in Shanghai, and the window fronts have incredible dresses and displays in them. Her designs are so beautiful and captivating.
Horror Pill (1 year ago)
I think the problem lies when some Chinese entrepreneurs create products with no interest in quality, focusing more on mass production, that people have long since believed anything made in China is either "cheap" or "fake". For a creative and ambitious Chinese designers like her and many others, who worked hard and produce quality clothing, it will be hard to get proper market acceptance because of the stigma.
LeilaniHapa (1 year ago)
I stumbled upon Guo Pei's designs quite by accident several years ago and was positively mesmerized by her designs. Current Western designers have started to bore me, and it feels like they always produce the same thing or copy each other. But Guo Pei is boldly unique. I've always loved the intricacies of embroidery and the use of jewels and shapes. I admire that she has never tried to compete with Western fashion, but instead has paved the way for Eastern designers with an unapologetic pride in being Asian. Furthermore, while her designs are rooted in the Chinese culture, they are not simply reproducing historic clothing, but are reinventing them, or as I would describe as "looking into the past as one steps into the future." It's about time non-West fashion got the recognition it deserves.
Renz Uy (4 months ago)
Especially elie saab, zuhair murad, tony ward and the list goes on hahahaha
Danny Rodriguez (9 months ago)
The world is a melting pot. Once we see the different cultural pieces. Our mindset will expand and we will appreciate a piece.
刘凯琳 (11 months ago)
*barf*
mrd33ds (1 year ago)
poop
Susan Loflin (1 year ago)
I wish ...
Haiqa Saif (1 year ago)
i love china and chinese people💕
Ramona (1 year ago)
The soul of this lady is so beautiful that it made me cry. So positive and amazing!!!
koo belanger (1 year ago)
Money will be less of a concern ..... yeah....right.
anonym anonym (1 year ago)
Why would someone dis like this???
RiverFree Martin (1 year ago)
knowing how much my daughter loves red, her face would light up if i got her that seccind china bride dress fr christmas
追问 (1 year ago)
只有付出努力才有收获。
Pineapple On Pizza (1 year ago)
Such hard work! I love it!
Lisa (1 year ago)
It's not couture unless it's made in France moron
Limboo Zunarsh (1 year ago)
a great story but in trash channel wsj
Mochi (1 year ago)
She in her late 40s in this video,, looks absolutely amazing!
Lea Lopez (1 year ago)
this kinda sad..... because when i heard the first couturier, i imagine an old woman telling her old days stories.... and i found a young probably 40 something years old woman, that still design and very succesfull. hmmm this shows how some country are very late to the partaaayy
Ruiya (1 year ago)
She's wonderful!
David Lawson (1 year ago)
you go girl
Simon Kefas (1 year ago)
Fashion and political propaganda , presented without no excuses.
Aisea Konrote (1 year ago)
divine n majestic designs with such beautiful intricate detailed work....dedication & passion .
Commentator541 (1 year ago)
Magic! But first? Really? IN CHINA? THE COUNTRY OF SILK? THE FIRST? Open up a book. Also: someone should get fired.
Rajesh Gurjar (1 year ago)
loved your work
flair rathod (1 year ago)
wow amazing person she is 😇
Stephanie Murray (1 year ago)
120 dog skins dyed yellow to trim a dress for Ryanna !! really !!!!
Christina Walker (1 year ago)
Rihanna's dress was stunning
Ariel Estevan (1 year ago)
I a m proud of you because you have pride in your culture and you Don follow rules in what is in fashion ir not ,you just seel the beauty
Ariel Estevan (1 year ago)
beautifull
susanht67 (1 year ago)
That cloak did not look like an omelette
Est art designs innovations antique.Fashion show.
Lai Yuet ping iby (1 year ago)
I think Guo Pei clothes have a certain degree of appreciation, plus more efforts to progress, the idea of ​​more new ideas, the results will be more people appreciated.

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