NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, September 26, China Institute will host a small, exclusive breakfast to honor China's top haute couturière Guo Pei. Ms. Guo, who has dressed Chinese icons Fang Bingbing and Zhang Ziyi, among others, is best known to Western audiences for designing the iconic golden gown worn by pop music artist Rihanna at the 2015 Annual Met Gala.
The breakfast will honor Ms. Guo's remarkable achievements and indelible mark on global fashion. She will discuss her personal journey to becoming China's premiere couturière, including how she got her break, and how her background has influenced her designs. After the talk, there will be an opportunity to view some of Ms. Guo's exquisite designs up-close, including the Rihanna gown. Yue-Sai Kan, an Emmy-winning television host and producer, as well as beauty entrepreneur, bestselling author and humanitarian, will moderate a Q&A session.
Ms. Guo, who also contributed iconic looks to the Met Costume Institute's best-attended exhibit in history, "China: Through the Looking Glass," commented, "With my designs, I aim to express elements of Chinese culture through the language of fashion. I am honored to partner with the China Institute to grow American awareness and understanding of my home country China."
China Institute trustee Sophia Sheng added, "We're thrilled to have Guo Pei join us to help celebrate the 90th anniversary of China Institute. Her work, which lies at the intersection of tradition and innovation, is incredibly inspiring as we look to build new audiences for the next 90 years."
China Institute – a not-for-profit organization advancing deeper understanding of China through programs in art, culture, education and business – will host the breakfast on Monday, September 26 from 10-11am ET, at the Waterfall Mansion and Gallery at 170 East 80th Street, on the Upper East Side. The event is part of a new design and fashion offering that includes a mentorship initiative pairing Chinese designers with New York City-based designers, and an annual spring fashion luncheon.
In addition to the breakfast, China Institute is hosting its annual Blue Cloud Gala next week, with Ms. Guo as an honoree. China Institute's benefit gala, taking place on September 27th, will also honor Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and Richard L. Gelfond, CEO of the IMAX Corporation. Ms. Guo has generously donated one of her well-known designs to be auctioned at the gala, with the proceeds going to the China Institute.
To RSVP for the breakfast, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212-744-8181 x158.
About China Institute
China Institute advances a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, business and art with the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens our global community.
Founded in 1926 by a group of American and Chinese educators, China Institute in America is the oldest bicultural, non-profit organization in America to focus exclusively on China. The organization promotes the appreciation of Chinese heritage, and provides the historical context for understanding contemporary China. Programs, activities, courses and seminars are offered on the visual and performing arts, culture, history, music, philosophy, language and literature for the general public, children and teachers, as well as for business.
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SOURCE China Institute