Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei brought her latest creation to the Paris Haute Couture Week Spring/Summer 2017 on Wednesday in the French capital.

Under the theme of ‘legend’, Guo’s fashion show culminated in the appearance of legendary 85-year-old American supermodel Carmen Dell’Orefice.

“We started to know the world from the legends of the past. From this show, I want to interpret that what we do today might be legends in future,” said Guo.

Guo used complicated embroidery with traditional Chinese craftsmanship to render the Gothic architecture in her gowns, expressing a Chinese designer’s imagination about classic western civilization.

“I’m excited that she is able to interpret so much of European culture and history from a perspective that is so fresh, and just decadent as well and gorgeous,” said an audience member.

Guo is the first Asian fashion designer to be invited by the Paris Haute Couture Week. The Spring/Summer 2017 show was the third time that she has attended the Paris event.

“As a Chinese designer, Guo has made great achievements on the international stage. We are proud of her,” said a Chinese audience member attending the show.

Guo’s portfolio has presented a new look of Chinese contemporary fashion design which has won her recognition from industry experts.

“I’m very happy for her, and for China in general, to be discovered as a real designer, not only a country with fabrics, not only [known for] making fashion. You have great talents and Guo Pei is the first one,” said Nicolas Gregorieff, editor-in-chief from OFN TV in Dubai.

“Many foreigners told me that it was my work that helped them see different Chinese fashion. I think this is China’s soft power,” said Guo. – REUTERS