Yellow Is Forbidden

Guo Pei is fascinating. She has hyperfocus and a vision she won’t compromise and seeing a woman like that on screen has impact. The clothing she designs is art and I’m looking forward to seeing it in person at the Vancouver Art Gallery. But a scene where Guo Pei is negotiating with worker reps - 300 women handle all of the handstitched embroidery and appliqués - reminds us what an exploitative industry fashion is. And raises questions around attribution - who “makes” this work - the named designer or the unnamed artisans? This would make kind of an incredible double bill with Phantom Thread.