Lecture Series | Guo Pei: Fashion & Influence Lecture #3 — Made in China: From Exotic Allure to Controversy


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Immerse yourself in the exquisite world of haute couture and the creative genius of Guo Pei in this lecture series. Embark on a captivating journey through the world of fashion with four experts as they discuss the intersection of fashion, art and culture, discovering valuable insights into haute couture and the cultural narratives that have shaped Guo Pei’s artistic vision and unique creations.

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Lecture #3: Made in China: From Exotic Allure to Controversy

Grace Lai, Tue 23 Apr 6–7pm

The rapid flood of fast fashion dominating digital screens has gained both worshippers and condemners. It presents a contentious arena where celebration of accessibility and self-expressions are pit against criticisms of poor-quality and unethical production. The accusations flung at fast fashion are also targeted at the seemingly innocuous phrase printed on their care label – Made in China. This synonymous association contributes to the negative misconception of Chinese made products and suggests a dearth of Chinese fashion. This lecture looks to disrupt the superficial perception that China’s contributions to fashion exists only a factory of cheap imitations through the lens of Guo Pei’s enchanting creations that draw upon the legacy of Chinese innovation in fabrication and exquisite craftsmanship.


Image credits: Guo Pei, Legend of the Dragon collection, 2012. © Guo Pei. Courtesy of Guo Pei. | Grace Lai photo by Charlotte Turne



Auditorium, Lower Ground
Members $15, Non-Members $18 (+ fees)
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Guided by curiosity, Grace Lai is an art historian and curator interested in uncovering stories held by objects overlooked or dismissed by history. Positioning material culture as a decoder of the immaterial, her research seeks to untangle the complex web of connections, histories and social structures inherited by objects in the hopes to address issues that remain relevant to not only museums and their collections but also to society today. Grace has published extensively on contemporary craft, with a focus on studio glass, jewellery, textiles, and surface design. Currently, Grace is the Curator of Applied Arts & Design at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum where she leads the exhibition, development, and research of a nationally significant archive of craft from Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad.