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 #5: West Meets East: The influence of China on European Elite Fashion

Angela Lassig, Sat 4 May 10.30–11.30am

The long history of Western interaction with China culminated in the 18th century with the Chinese-inflected European style known as Chinoiserie. This style informed all manner of decorative arts, fashion, and even architecture, and created a demand for both authentic Chinese goods and antiquities and European wares adopting Chinese motifs and mimicking Chinese forms. In the 19th century, this trend expanded into a more generalized “Orientalism” with the addition of Japanese and other Eastern influences. This talk will look at how these trends were expressed in European fashion, using examples from Worth, Poiret, Dior and other iconic designers, and explore how Guo Pei and other contemporary designers fit into that tradition.


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


  • Sat 04 May


  • 10:30 am — 11:30 am


  • Wellesley Street East
  • Auckland CBD
  • Auckland 1010