[T]he fairy tale world of Anna Sui is celebrated in the Fashion and Textile Museum’s latest retrospective. Since launching her NYC based label in the 1980s, Sui has found inspiration from every subculture you can think of while creating her distinctive, bohemian collections.
From punks to cheerleaders, surfers to nomads – Sui has immersed herself in each minute detail of the cultures she draws from, to tell the unique story behind them. Known for pioneering grunge styling with her iconic 1993 collection – it was Anna Sui who first got us mixing our Doc Martens with silk slip dresses and sweaters.
A key protagonist in the NYC rock and creative scenes, her friendships with the likes of Marc Jacobs, Steven Meisel and Madonna helped propel her label forward in the early days, with Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista walking in her very first runway show back in 1991.
Moving beyond clothes, Anna Sui has created a universe where the worlds of beauty, interiors, fashion, art and photography come together under her richly detailed aesthetic.
Preview highlights from the exhibition below, and find out more on the Fashion and Textile Museum website