Anna Sui is one of those rare unicorns in fashion, a designer who built her eponymous line early in her career and has remained steady and relevant for over three decades. Along the way, she won the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award (among many others), created several labels under the Anna Sui umbrella (including a beauty line) and her empire was valued at over $400 million.
Now, her under-the-radar accomplishments are being honored in a new exhibit at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.
Anna Sui in front of the Fairytale and Nomad displays at her new exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Open today from 11am. Discover more from the exhibition review @voguemagazine @sarahmower_ "Anna Sui's Timeship Lands at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum". Mower writes 'Could there be a more appropriately girly place for Anna Sui's first retrospective to have landed than the Fashion and Textile Museum in London? Bright orange on the outside, the museum in Bermondsey Street was founded by Zandra Rhodes, who still has her incredible aerie of an apartment above, and she's one of the many British idols who've formed the psychedelic swirl of Sui’s encyclopedic memory for subcultural It-people and fab times. Sui may be a New York designer, but London's Biba, Kensington Market, and Portobello Road are as firmly patch-worked into her identity as her formative years spent running with Steven Meisel and the Parsons gang at the Mudd Club and CBGB in the late '70s.' @annasui #TheWorldofAnnaSui #annasui #vogue #sarahmower #generationx #annasuiexhibition #annasuilondon #annasuivogue #fashionandtextilemuseum #bermondseystreet #fashionexhibition
‘The World of Anna Sui’ is a 150-plus piece exhibition of looks from the designer that explores her signature rock-n-roll romanticism. Since her first catwalk show in 1991, Sui has shaped not only the garments, textiles, accessories, beauty and interiors which comprise her design universe, but also the course of fashion history.
The exhibit taps from the designer’s archive, presenting a roll call of archetypes from Surfers and School Girls to Hippies, Mods and Punks. It shows how the designer not only designed for her free-spirited, bohemian customer, but also lived the lifestyle herself.
For the show, the museum transformed itself into a recreation of Sui’s first boutique to house all of the looks. A separate room dedicated to her longtime friends and collaborators, like photographer Steven Meisel and hairstylist Garren, was erected.
The exhibit also marks the first time an American designer has been the focus of a retrospective exhibition in the UK.
Exhibition Dates: 26 May – 1 October 2017
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.