Meet Guo Pei: The Designer Behind The ‘Ultraluminary’ Costumes In Over The Moon

Have you been secretly admiring Chang’e’s amazing outfits in Netflix’s new animated film, Over The Moon? There are so many things to love about this movie, from the beautiful storyline to the colorful flights of fancy, but the Moon Goddess’ outfits steal the show. Before we delve into her wardrobe, let’s get acquainted with the woman responsible for the Moon Goddess’ ultraluminary look. 

Meet Guo Pei

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Meet Guo Pei, the internationally renowned fashion designer who created Rihanna’s unforgettable yellow ‘omelet’ dress for the 2015 Met Gala. For over 20 years, she has been dressing celebrities, distinguished ladies, royalty and political elites who turn to her for jaw-dropping, magnificent creations when they want to stand out from the crowd. 

From dressing the goddesses on Earth to the fanciful Moon Goddess, we cannot get enough of everything she does. Here are four of our favorite Chang’e outfits, and a peak at Guo Pei’s real sketches to see where the magic begins ✨ 

The Stage Costume

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Image courtesy of Netflix
Image courtesy of Netflix

Guo Pei designed a bright yellow, eye-catching outfit that’s cheeky yet glamorous for Chang’e’s unforgettable stage performance. 

Fun fact: To design this fabulous outfit, Guo Pei and Glen Keane visited the costume designs at a museum in Vancouver to discuss shapes and fabrics for this costume.

Bonus: If you’ve got the catchy tune stuck in your head, watch the hit Ultraluminary from Over The Moon, in Bahasa Melayu HERE 🚀🚀🚀

The Ping Pong Costume

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Image courtesy of Netflix

All the designs, shapes, colors, and fabric choices of Chang’e’s costumes are created to catch the audience by surprise. Just like the one for her ping-pong scene, this modern and traditional fusion top is divine. With her high ponytail, the look has a sense of playfulness, complete with vibrant colors and floating fabric that flows with every movement.

Fun fact: Over 200 artists worked from home to finish the film. Many of them worked together to get the physics of Chang’e’s costumes right, and to ensure the fabrics of her costumes moved as fluidly as Guo Pei had envisioned. 

Chinese Traditional Dress

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Image courtesy of Netflix

While Chang’e and Houyi’s reunion is one of the most heartbreaking moments in the film, we couldn’t take our eyes off her beautiful traditional Chinese dress. Chang’e’s dress complements the forest perfectly, adding to the sadness as she bids farewell to her true love. 

Fun fact: Speaking of relationships, Guo Pei and Glen Keane definitely have a memorable one. Over the Moon is Guo Pei’s first experience working with animation, and since she doesn’t speak English and Glen Keane doesn’t speak Mandarin, they ended up communicating and collaborating on their ideas for Chang’e’s looks through sketches!

The Empress Gown

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Image courtesy of Netflix

Last but not least, the red imperial empress costume that Chang’e wears near the end of the film. It’s so stunning and sophisticated,  we wish there was really a gown like this! The bold red contrasts with the candy colours of Lunaria and its inhabitants,  making Chang’e the centre of attention like the goddess she is. 

Fun fact: Guo Pei sees costume design as dramatic storytelling, so the story is embedded in the embroidery. The royal robe of Chang’e shows the tale of Chang’e and Houyi as two intertwining exotic birds. With a poignant touch, she designed an image of Houyi as an archer in front of the sun but placed it on the back of the robe, forever hidden from her eyes. 

Looking at her gorgeous costumes, it’s clear that Chang’e really dresses up for the occasion, and we love her for that. 

Catch her other dashing looks in Over The Moon, only on Netflix!

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