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Guo Pei is a Chinese fashion designer known best for her ravishing (and much meme-ed!) gown donned by Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala. Pei’s biggest desire is to be recognized as an haute couturier by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture of Paris, a coveted and competitive aspiration often considered the pinnacle of fashion success. YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN immerses one in the world of Pei and the world of fashion exposing the gritty aspects of her work (negotiating the cost of embroidery) and the glamorous (Milliner Philip Treacy materializes at a costume exhibit and offers a compliment.). The intricacies of couture and its culture are exquisitely rendered through a strong, unwavering narrative crafting a sense of Pei as delicate as she is strong. A beautifully balanced portrait of a working woman, an industry, and the surreal designs of both.
Director, Writer, Producer
New Zealand based Pietra Brettkelly creates documentary experiences rooted in a love of storytelling and curiosity. Her work has been exhibited at numerous festivals and supported by the likes of Sundance Institute, Gucci Tribeca Fund, and the New Zealand Film Commission.