Yellow Is Forbidden

Pietra Brettkelly | 2018 | 94 min | New Zealand | English subtitles


Bowtie Great Neck Squire Cinemas (Aud 2) Fri, Nov 9, 2018 7:30 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Music, Art & Fashion
World Cinema
Release Year:2018
Running Time:94 minutes
Premiere Status:Long Island Premiere
Production Country:New Zealand
Original Language:Chinese
French and English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Guo Pei
Philip Treacy
Wendi Murdoch
Godfrey Deeny
Director:Pietra Brettkelly
Producer:Pietra Brettkelly
Richard Fletcher
Naomi Wallwork
Co-Producer:Richard Fletcher
Naomi Wallwork
Production Company:PBK Limited
Screenwriter:Pietra Brettkelly
Cinematography:Jacob Bryant
Editing By:Nicolas Chaudeurge
Margot Francis
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Director Pietra Brettkelly takes us into the opulent world of show-stopping Chinese designer Guo Pei as she prepares to make her Paris debut and seeks admission into the exclusive club of haute couture. With a remarkable eye for detail and exquisite blending of visual art forms, Brettkelly captures Guo’s drive, artistry, meticulousness, and acumen, from the designer’s emergence on the international scene—when Rihanna wore her hand-embroidered canary yellow gown to the Met Gala in 2015—through her remarkable 2017 show “Legend,” presented at La Conciergerie, in Paris.

Along the way, Brettkelly reveals the myriad opposing forces that confront Guo’s ambitions: those of tradition versus modernity; acceptance versus prejudice; and ensuring a thriving business versus pursuing more expensive and exclusive techniques. Most of all, she highlights the pressures China’s economic rise places on its individual artisans—as Guo puts it, “I’m a designer, not a nation.” Nevertheless, Guo thrives amid these challenges, establishing herself as a singularly capable and uncompromising warrior for her art. With loving fidelity for Guo’s work, Brettkelly depicts both the process and the fashion itself, resulting in a timely examination of what it takes for an outsider to earn acclaim from one of the West’s most redoubtable institutions.

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