Immerse yourself in the exquisite world of haute couture and the creative genius of Guo Pei in this Members-only 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 #4: Ornament and Opulence: It’s all in the Detail

Angela Lassig, Sat 27 Apr 10.30-11.30am

The strictly defined criteria for members of Paris’s elite Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture (founded 1911) dictates that couture must represent the highest level of creativity. The ornamentation that gives haute couture its opulence, so exceptionally expressed in Guo Pei’s designs, has been carried out by numerous specialist artisanal workshops since the early 20th century. This talk highlights a number of these Paris-based ‘Métiers d’Art’ (art professions) including embroidery workshop Lesage feather and flower maker Lemarie, Lognon, a pleating specialist and Montex masters of beadwork.


  • Members $15, Non-Members $18 (+ fees)


  • Sat 27 Apr


  • 10:30 am — 11:30 am


  • Wellesley Street East
  • Auckland CBD
  • Auckland 1010