“Blue and Porcelain” by Guo Pei is one of the signature works to
come out of Rose Studio.
Popularly known as the Ming
vase gown, this garment alludes to China’s historical
distinction as a maker of fine porcelains, reaching a
pinnacle of refinement during the Ming Dynasty. The universal appeal of blue and
white “china,” as it came to be known, endures to this day.
The gown's train features lotus blossoms. Because it rises pristinely above muddy waters, the lotus denotes purity of mind and spirit. Its surrounding border is composed of small repeating triangular motifs called ruyi. These motifs represent the head of a scepter, which symbolizes the power to grant wishes.
Below the ruyi is a decorative, floral pattern, followed by a depiction of mountains and waves, a combination that symbolizes the whole world. The s-shaped border along the outer edges of the gown recognized as the meander pattern, in China it is
known as “cloud and thunder,” representing rain and abundance.