Anna Sui

is one designer that brings her passion to her work. Each one of her creations are intricate expressions of ancient eras of vintage, elegant clothing while adding a splash of culture from downtown rockers to B-Boys to 1960’s Portobello.
At an early age, Anna Sui discovered her love for fashion. She grew in a Detroit suburb where she spent her time giving her dolls makeovers and creating what she called her “genius files,” which was a collection of magazine clippings of fashion that she loved – something that she still often references today.

Sui studied in New York starting in 1972 at the Parsons School of Design. She met Steven Meisel, a photographer, friend and collaborator and began to frequent the underground punk scene that was popular back then. For the next eight years, she spent her time designing for several companies selling sportswear. In 1980 at the Boutique Show, Sui received an order from none other than Macy’s when she presented a new, unique six-piece collection.

 

 

Her first critically-acclaimed collection was debuted on the runway in 1991 and was a homage to Coco Chanel, her heroine. Her look, in the early 1990’s, was the fashion foundation for many designers, including Marc Jacobs. She went on the win the CFDA Perry Ellis Award in 1993 for new fashion talent. Her baby doll dresses were quickly picked up by Courtney Love and the guitarist for the Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha, speared during her 1995 winter show of California Dreaming.

Today, Anna Sui maintains a number of stores from New York and LA to Osaka and Tokyo. She has added several collections to her brand, including sportswear, denim, shoes as well as accessories. She has best-selling fragrances and rich cosmetics that have helped her establish herself as an eccentric business woman and a captivating fashion designer.