How did China—where style was once limited to monochromatic Mao suits—become a player on the global fashion stage? In Yellow is Forbidden, we see the emergence of one of China’s top designers, Guo Pei, starting with the dark days when her mother told her yellow was a forbidden color. The film follows the designer as she hits the international scene—when Rihanna wore her hand-embroidered canary yellow gown to the Met Gala in 2015—and explores tradition versus modernity and acceptance versus prejudice in fashion in today’s China. Following the screening, Chinese fashion designers, bloggers, and influencers will share thoughts about today’s fashion scene.
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Mary Wang is a Chinese-Dutch writer and editor based in New York. She’s an editor at Guernica, where she runs the multimedia interview series Miscellaneous Files. Her work has been published in the The Guardian, Longreads, The New Republic, New York Public Radio/WNYC, Vogue, Vox, among others.
Charlie Gu is CEO and Co-Founder of Kollective Influence, a cross-border marketing agency that helps brands tell their stories in a culturally authentic voice. At Kollective, Charlie develops customized influencer and content marketing strategies that connects brands with the growing number of global Chinese consumers. Before founding Kollective Influence in May 2018, Charlie was Director at China Luxury Advisors where he crafted China market strategies for clients such as Beverly Center, Utah Office of Tourism, SFMoMA, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Charlie’s frequently quoted in news media about Chinese luxury market development and cross-border influencer collaborations.
Michelle Song is a Chinese Canadian fashion PR, influencer and stylist based in New York. She works closely with Chinese as well as international fashion brands. Her articles can be found on Vogue, ELLE, Marie Claire etc.
Kenny Chen is a photographer/producer based in New York. He works with many international publications and luxury brands in both US and China. His work has been published in Interview Magazine, Grazia, V Magazine, Hoper’s Bazaar China, Modern Luxury, GQ and many more. He also works as a social media expert and branding consultant for media and small business.