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Guo Pei Tea, Talk & Tour

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

Admission: $65 Tac Members, $80 General Public, $170 Dresser's Circle

Legion of Honor museum

Lincoln Park \ 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121


Please JOIN US in celebrating Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy -- with tea from 9-10:30 am, a Talk with Lucy Barter at 11, and a tour at noon. There is also an optional curator led tour, limited to 20 participants, at 9am.

TEA - 9 am-10:30 am :: Legion Café

Join us for tea or coffee and a light bite in the charming setting of The Legion of Honor Cafe

TALK - 11 am-12pm :: John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theatre

Guo Pei's Runway: Inspiration and Dreams in Chinese Embroidery

Chinese embroidery has a long and rich history dating back thousands of years, with the work being produced to a high standard. It is filled with symbols and designs that tell stories, using vibrant colors and materials such as silk and gold. This lecture will explore the history and evolution of this exquisite art form, the threads used, the stitches and techniques and the meanings behind its symbolism. Before exploring the sumptuous creations of Guo Pei's exhibit, we will delve in and be inspired by the wonder of Chinese embroidery.

With Lucy Barter, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design. Introduced by Jill D’Alessandro, Curator in Charge of Costume and Textile Arts for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Tour - 12pm :: Legion of Honor

Explore the breathtaking Guo Pei exhibition throughout the Legion of Honor. TAC experts will be stationed at chosen vignettes to further educate you.

Curator Led-Tour / Dresser's Circle - 9am :: Exhibition Gallery

For the optional Dresser's Circle event, join Jill D'Alessandro, Curator in Charge of Costume and Textile Arts, for an up close and personal tour of the Guo Pei: Fantasy Couture prior to the museum's opening. Starting at 9:00 AM, Jill will share the thrills and challenges of preparing this unique look at the work of Guo Pei. Afterwards enjoy TEA in the Legion café before joining us for the TALK. Participation is limited to 20 people.


Lucy Barter is the Onsite Program Director, Lead Instructor at the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SFNAD). Prior to co-founding SNAD, Lucy Barter, was sole proprietor of her own needlework business, Forever Embroidery Studio. Lucy served as the resident embroidery teacher at Filoli, created a Goldwork Embroidery Craftsy class, and served as the US Course Coordinator and instructor for the Royal School of Needlework. In 2006, Barter graduated from the Royal School of Needlework Apprenticeship Programme, and holds a BA Honors Degree in Fashion Design from the University of Northumbria. Lucy brings many valuable years of teaching, design and technical expertise to the needlework field. She is passionate about sharing traditional embroidery techniques.

Jill D’Alessandro is the Curator in Charge of Costume and Textile Arts at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and curator of Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy. Since 2002, D’Alessandro has developed numerous exhibitions on a diverse variety of subjects, ranging from world textile traditions to twentieth-century fashion design. As curator, the Fine Arts Museums collections have greatly informed her worldview and she is interested in the study of textile arts as a vehicle to draw connections across cultures. Her recent fashion exhibitions include The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll (2017) and Contemporary Muslim Fashions (2018).

All proceeds from this event support the Costume and Textile Arts and Textile Conservation departments of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Image Credit:

Guo Pei, Elysium, Spring-Summer 2018, courtesy the artist. Photography by Lian Xu. Copyright © Guo Pei, Asian Couture Federation. All rights reserved.


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