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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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Ezra aloyevielara (4 days ago)
she inspired me to change to fine arts instead of continuing to fashion design.
SuperMich66 (5 days ago)
her collections are GORGEOUS !!! thanks for this video about her.....
thyartissabrina (9 days ago)
She understands meme culture, she'll go far
Torii Sama (16 days ago)
Excellent except for the propaganda final brooch with the military parade and Xi Jing Ping on screen. Ewwww
measmary (16 days ago)
4:32 "...artisans have their own pride" That is sooo true. She completely understands artists/creative minds
Divine Empress (18 days ago)
She is such an inspiration to me
B*tch It's Me (18 days ago)
She loves her employees
kelli blue (1 month ago)
There is NO ONE like Guo Pei when it comes to fashion. Even the mightiest fashion houses of NY, Paris & Italy can't compare. Her works blow everyone out of the water. I've been closely following fashion for 40 years, and there has never been clothing that has been both completely wearable and complete works of art like the items she creates. Even her simplest designs speak volumes. The big fashion houses would do well to pay attention.
imani leila (1 month ago)
Je pense que la couture chinoise peut s'inspirer du kaftan marocain et même faire un partenariat avec des maisons de couture marocaines moi même je suis styliste et inventeur avant d'être juriste je prépare chaque année ma collection
Vulgar Alien (1 month ago)
Fashion can’t be called Haute Couture unless it’s made in Paris.
The Innocent (1 month ago)
That's no longer normal fashion, they are masterpieces. Work of art.
Julie Grace (1 month ago)
So she paid her workers the minimum wage then!
E (1 month ago)
Design | Taste | Quality | More We do not need others to copy our lifestyle. Live your life. NOTE: Cancerous is so mean! Coco Chanel would be rolling her eyes now, if she was still here. Thanks God for true designers.
E (1 month ago)
Good design do not need explanation. She talks too much. Ridiculous.
Risky Putra (1 month ago)
Crazy designer!! No one will wear your weird gown
alima s (1 month ago)
I really like her she seems very nice and positive.
Gold (2 months ago)
Her dresses stay on point
Kaalo Lovett (2 months ago)
OH did she do the teacup dress? Wah okay. love her stuff
laura53ize (2 months ago)
She a sweet lady talented and humble I wish I can work with her.
Ji-Eun Kim (2 months ago)
I love that she just didn't magically get the opportunity to design and make gowns. It's inspiring to see someone try hard to break through the harsh criticism of reality and achieve their dream!
202cardline (2 months ago)
Hot glue for prototypes and mock-ups !!!
Kamson Kam (2 months ago)
Great story.. very motivational.
Kathy Ling (2 months ago)
I did embroidery once in China and I must say this is such tough work. I have the upmost respect for the people who do the embroidery.
boo yah (2 months ago)
I love china
Paul Cheung (2 months ago)
This is so interesting. China needs someone like her to develop the Chinese style in fashion. We have the English, French and Italian, but no one clearing defines the Chinese style. There is so much culture and history in China and this should be brought out to the world to enjoy and appreciate. Guo Pei is a true talent making waves in this area.
Wombat Happiness Girl (2 months ago)
Wow. Amazing talent. Kudos to her.🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
Mariyeen Acheege (2 months ago)
Not to take anything away from her as a designer, she is masterful. However, you would not be able to achieve this kind of success at these kinds of intricate products without cheap labor. There could be many other designers in the world that would do almost as elaborate work, particularly Karl Lagerfeld or others that do haute couture, however, they don't have the advantage of cheap labor like she does.
rozynmike (2 months ago)
Lots of talent but fur is cruel.
Lilkeer (2 months ago)
Memes at its best
M. S. (2 months ago)
4:50 does this mean her artisans are not getting paid high wages? I hope they do! Heavens know these are some of the most interesting designs I have seen.
MARCEDRIC A KIRBY (2 months ago)
8 67 to see is to know it before you knew you
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E TM (2 months ago)
I just visited an exhibit of her dresses, and it was GORGEOUS!
DREAM MUNECA (2 months ago)
She is sooo beautiful INSIDE and OUT wow 😍😍
Dimension2364 (2 months ago)
Her desses are so beautiful and elegant! They are much more beautiful than the clothes that I have seen from other Haute Couture Designers so far.
Ava Yu (2 months ago)
Haute couture is a thing of the past and totally unnecessary fashion waste esp in communistic countries. Hello, we live in 2019 technology era....e.g. you can still ride horses but they are def not a necessary part of transportation. Simple form fitting and functional silhouettes are best for all life purposes.
Sneha M (2 months ago)
Wall Street journal Chinese owned company spreading Chinese propaganda
Sale Now (2 months ago)
Great piece
Jedi solo (3 months ago)
She's such a bad designer. Many designer in China received money from the communist party. They have no taste and no creativity.
Mary Jay (3 months ago)
Born in 1967?! 🤯🤯🤯🤯
Blasian Asian (3 months ago)
Huh, did I hear that right!! Bone in 1967!! Beautiful!✌❤☺
John Doe (3 months ago)
Tacky and garish like all things Chinese.
Seo Hoon Man (3 months ago)
Wow. One of my top favorite designers from now on. Along with Iris Van Herpen and Alexander Mcqueen
Avanessa Antipora (3 months ago)
Not authentic, not new, not original. That's why as "art" it's not art. it's just vulgare cloth for rich Chinese who inloved in China because all their life they surrounded only by China. For them lots of gold and flowers and barbie skirts is the top of the top.
何乐 (3 months ago)
虽然我对社会有些不满,但是我从未想过放弃中国人这个身份,爱极了这个国家
Crystal Yeow Ching Ching (3 months ago)
郭培,到时见。
Silvio Chan (3 months ago)
she is lucky, lots of fashion designer in china are much better than her.
Tarantellas Sisters (3 months ago)
Tarantella's Sisters PUI the BEST 😭🇮🇹👭
蓝云 (3 months ago)
She is an artist , a Chinese artist with a beautiful heart and soul . 👍🏻🌺❤️
Aavale' Storm (3 months ago)
Is her named pronounced Goopy?
Prima Murdock (4 months ago)
Not really true, what she’s claiming about Chinese peoples’ lack of awareness in clothing design & fashion?? 🤷‍♀️ My family is Chinese & they have friends who have been designers since decades ago. In fact, my mother was submitting designs to Vogue magazine back in the 60’s/70’s?
dan bisson (4 months ago)
NICE ORIGINALITY AND USE OF COLOR
Edu Ragu (4 months ago)
She's 52. Let that sink in.
YUMMY CUPCAKES (4 months ago)
💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗
Logan Ford (4 months ago)
this is amazing but is m'lady really using a hot glue gun at 4:43 ??
Crystal Yeow Ching Ching (4 months ago)
它耐耐的熊,看来不是只是 4 天 150 个模特儿这么简单。
BIGBOSS BOSS (4 months ago)
I love ur work n love mam
Madeline Fung (4 months ago)
郭培,我被你圈粉了
Don'tknowmyself me (5 months ago)
Beautiful
Vera Rose (5 months ago)
wowow she looks so young!
Nyrilly (5 months ago)
The yellow dress I feel held the history of the emperor's of china as only he and his wife were alowed to wear and eat and drink from items that were yellow .
M J (5 months ago)
Reminds me of Beauty and the beast
M J (5 months ago)
The rihanna gown is iconic
Yasmin Pops (5 months ago)
How’s she like 50 years old?😭😭😭 looks 30
Asher Duff (5 months ago)
If for any reason she falls out of favor with the government her work will be destroyed, her family disappeared. In China she could be erased from history tomorrow with the next cultural revolution.
Kiki Good (5 months ago)
I'm very surprised to see someone using a hot glue gun on such expensive gowns.
Elisabeth Vavra (17 days ago)
I think that was only for a mock up
1GoldRunner (5 months ago)
I bet theirs a tracking device and hidden camera in every dress. Lol
Hanneke Teunissen (5 months ago)
She seems so pretty and sweet herself, and that burgundy top she is wearing looks gorgeous on her.
Alisha Rout (6 months ago)
What? She's older than my mother!! 😮 Great genes!
Yocomós (6 months ago)
Amazing :D
M. Ramirez (6 months ago)
Trash unwearable!
Bacchanalia (6 months 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.
XW Ah (6 months ago)
@ 4:53 I didn’t hear money, did u get the translation wrong?
林耿 (7 months ago)
Proud of her.
Christ died for our sins (7 months ago)
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 (8 months ago)
Sounding pretty down to earth
Ziwei Ha (9 months ago)
So proud of you Guo Pei.
Rene그냥 (9 months ago)
The true legend, i just fell in love with her~♥️
Helen Chan (9 months ago)
no taste, thick skin
Tsetsi (9 months ago)
This woman is a force
François De Beaucorps (9 months ago)
Im Chinese, but honestly, I don't think that Guo knows design, especially fashion..
Yo Mama (9 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 (9 months ago)
I love her work! I absolutely love that gown she designed for Rhianna.
googoogirl114 (9 months ago)
Her designs are stunning!!
Vignesh Dhakshina (9 months ago)
Respect for the creativity, respect for the other artisans working... truly inspirational ♥️
Mele Lani (9 months ago)
Her work is amazing
You did well, Jonghyun (10 months ago)
Her designs are INSANE. True, intricate, breathtaking and fearless art
Xinyi Zhu (10 months ago)
我居然才认识她,希望能为她做些什么
NTH THN (10 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 Baylon (10 months ago)
👏👏👏 she and her team really works hard.. The gowns was beautiful..
XW Ah (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 months ago)
看的时候觉得好感动好骄傲😭
Leia Jiang (10 months ago)
2:20 李玉刚!!♡♡♡
Eden Kim (10 months ago)
Its not haute couture unless the couturier is registered in paris
Yuvraj Singh Naruka (10 months ago)
Love and respect from india
Tina Loye (10 months ago)
5 seconds in and she's now my fav for life
Catherine Malian (10 months ago)
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