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Yellow is Forbidden

Chinese designer Guo Pei’s determination to join the exclusive world of haute couture.

Guo Pei’s work hit the headlines when Rihanna wore her hand-embroidered canary yellow gown (taking 2 years to make) to the Met Gala in 2015.

The diminutive designer grew up during the Cultural Revolution, when fashion in China was non-existent. She learnt her craft from her nimble-fingered grandmother and at the Number 2 Light Industry School.

The contrast with the rarefied Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture couldn’t be greater, although Guo shares their dedication to uncompromising quality and artistry.

New Zealand director Brett Kelly (A Flickering Truth, SFF 2016) delves into the world of fashion, revealing dramatic changes in China, and its perception in the world.

Directed by Pietra Brettkelly 2017
China, New Zealand
97 minutes

The event is part of the Sydney Film Festival.



Thursday 14 June 2018 from 6.15pm to 8.15pm
Friday 15 June 2018 from 4pm to 6pm


General admission: 19,90

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