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Telling fairy tales with clothes

By Mark Graham  (China Daily)

16:19, February 25, 2013

Guo Pei has plans to introduce more ready-to-wear pieces including bridal outfits. (China Daily)

Fashion designer Guo Pei has made a name for herself among China's celebrity set, but is now looking for global success, she tells Mark Graham.

China's most flamboyant designer, Guo Pei, whose outrageously extravagant gowns are much sought after by movie stars and socialites, aims to make an international impact in the near future. Beijing-based Guo is famous in her native country for producing her signature gowns, one-offs that can cost up to $50,000 a pop. Among her clients have been A-list stars such as Li Bingbing and Zhang Ziyi.

The sometimes-bizarre couture confections of the design maestro have even come to the attention of razzle-dazzle-loving Lady Gaga, who made inquiries about commissioning a Guo garment. A collaboration is planned with Italian haute couture textile designer Angelo Sesana to develop chinoiserie fabrics.

Fashion writers from overseas have also been flattering, prompting Guo to look outward. Recently, she has been featured in the New York Times magazine and on the Fashion Wire Daily website.

"I hope people in Paris, New York and London can appreciate and like my work," says Guo, 45. "In five or 10 years, I think we will get more international attention on Chinese fashion."

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