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Exclusive U.S. Broadcast and Streaming Premiere of Yellow is Forbidden

Thursday, February 7, 2019 | SHARE

Documentary explores the rising career of Chinese designer Guo Pei, best known for the yellow creation worn by Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala

Streaming free now through March 31 on ALL ARTS app and, Broadcast TV premiere: Monday, March 11 at 8 p.m. (check local listings)


(NEW YORK – February 7, 2019) Yellow is Forbbiden will make its U.S. streaming and broadcast premiere on ALL ARTS. The film will be available to stream for free on the app and website from Friday, February 8 until Sunday, March 31. It is currently the only place viewers can watch the documentary in the U.S. and will remain the only destination to access the film for free when it becomes available through other streaming services later this month. The broadcast television premiere airs on Monday, March 11 at 8 p.m. on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel available locally in the New York area.

Yellow is Forbidden had its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. This film by veteran documentarian Pietra Brettkelly follows Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei’s remarkable journey to gain recognition from Paris’s Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Pei is the go-to designer of many of the rich and famous in China but is best known in the West as the designer behind the jaw-dropping yellow gown worn by Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala. Couture pieces by Pei can take as many as 50,000 painstaking hours to complete. They are completely handmade, and her 500 workers toil away with age-old embroidery techniques.

Yellow is Forbidden takes the viewer inside the workshop of Guo Pei and the highly competitive world of haute couture. Following Pei on the road to her 2017 debut at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, the film gives glimpses of the excitement and drama that precede the show, including a dress so heavy the team has to consider a gymnast instead of a model to walk the runway and a single gown spun by 300 embroiderers.

“The isolation from Western creativity that Guo Pei has experienced intrigued me… I loved discovering how genuine, raw and unique her artistic talent is,” said director Pietra Brettkelly on why she chose to capture this story. Brettkelly is the director and producer behind the multi award-winning documentary The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins. Her 2015 documentary A Flickering Truth was selected as the New Zealand entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Yellow is Forbidden marks her second film to be chosen as the New Zealand entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

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  • 'Legend' collection backstage, Paris Haute Couture week Jan 2017. Photo courtesy of Guo Pei

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  • 'Legend' collection backstage, Paris Haute Couture week Jan 2017, Photo courtesy Guo Pei

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  • 'Legend' collection backstage, Paris Haute Couture week Jan 2017, Photo courtesy Guo Pei

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  • Carmen backstage 'Legend' collection Paris Jan 2017, Photo courtesy Guo Pei

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  • Guo Pei “Big Gold”

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  • Pietra Brettkelly

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  • Guo Pei and her parents

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  • Guo Pei backstage with her daughter Daisy, ‘Legend’ collection, Paris Haute Couture week Jan 2017

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  • Guo Pei setting up her Paris exhibition

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