More than 100 head-to-toe outfits encapsulate the remarkable 25-year career of the leading New York-based couturier.
With inspirations as far reaching as rock ‘n’ roll music, vintage furniture and Finnish textile prints, Anna Sui’s designs have captured the imagination of the fashion elite ever since she launched her first collection in 1991. Citing Elizabeth Taylor and Minnie Mouse among her muses, her inherently feminine style is credited with being simultaneously sophisticated and down-to-earth, giving it an accessibility that has earned her recognition all over the world.
After opening her first flagship store on Manhattan’s Greene Street in 1992, Sui quickly developed a cult following in the Far East and more than 300 stores in over 30 countries now sell her merchandise. As her popularity grew, so did her line of products to which she has added shoes, accessories, cosmetics and perfume – celebrated in part for its iconic, often limited-edition packaging.
As she celebrates her 25th anniversary in America and her 20th anniversary in Japan, the designer pauses to reflect on the highlights of her career for this comprehensive exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Including ensembles sported by Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista at her debut runway show right up to items from her cowboy-themed spring/summer 2017 collection, the display delves into her design processes and celebrates the breadth of her creativity.