Chinese couturier Guo Pei shares details on Rihanna's Met Gala look
"I didn't know very much about Rihanna!"
Chinese couturier Guo Pei recently featured on Buro 24/7 Middle East's pages after cosmetics giant MAC, revealed that it was partnering with the designer for a new collaboration. And even though she has been dressing Chinese celebrities and created an outfit for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Guo Pei was relatively unknown worldwide – until now – when a certain, incredibly famous Barbadian pop star wore one of her creations at one of the world's biggest red carpet event on Monday night: The Met Gala.
At a press event in New York to discuss the MAC collaboration yesterday (full details coming in September), Pei revealed that she didn't know much about Rihanna when the singer contacted her husband to wear the striking yellow ensemble. The look was from a collection that Pei designed in 2010, with the designer revealing to Fashionista: "Only [she] could wear it. Not everyone can handle that dress," she said. "Only women who have the confidence of a queen could wear it."
Pei also revealed that when 27-year-old FourFiveSeconds singer put on the gown, she exclaimed: "It feels like a dress for the queen of China." On Monday night, Rihanna said in an interview with Vanity Fair that she "found it [the dress] online and it took her two years to make." Pei explained that the dress was a 20-month long project, and that it was created using the finest gold thread and fox fur and weighs in a 55 pounds, adding that she didn't know if Rihanna would wear the piece until two weeks before the May 5 Met Gala date.
Guo Pei has two pieces exhibiting at the Met's China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit, which opens to the public tomorrow and runs until August 16 2015.