The World Of Anna Sui
“I love mixing everything together especially when it doesn’t seem to go together. The result is very much my signature.” Anna Sui
In a bid to beat post summer holiday blues it was an easy decision to bolt for one of our favourite, safe haven hotspots. Painted purple for the occasion, The Fashion and Textile museum has been transformed for the magic that is Anna Sui. The first living American fashion designer to be the focus of a retrospective in the UK, with an aesthetic so vibrant and fun; it was the perfect pleasure to prolong the fun and frivolity we weren’t ready to kiss good bye to just yet.
While Sui is well-known in the industry, her name might not be familiar to all. With a multifaceted collage of references and an eclectic and broad signature style she defined the look of the 90’s, exploring themes and design that chime with current debate. As fashion, pop culture and young creatives are resurrecting then in the now, it feels fitting her name enters a new generations sphere.
Split into the reoccurring reference points of her lengthy fashion career, themes include Americana, Fairytale, Nomad, Mod, Punk, Grunge, Androgyny, Surfer and Schoolgirl. As immersive as it is comprehensive, there is an intimacy that envelopes, drawing you into the designers world and boutique experience.
Tracing Sui’s beginnings, laying bare her research and development practises, placing a spotlight on mood boards and fabric swatches and encompassing packaging, graphics and a look back at catwalk invitations as well as clothes, make up and shoes it’s a smorgasbord of creativity illustrating a depth and broadness of talent that is both inspiring and intoxicating.
in the exhibit are well known collaborations showing the power of creatives joining forces. From Pat McGrath and François
Nars for make-up, James Covello for hats and knitwear and Steven Meisel for photography, the best examples of Sui’s unions are detailed.
On for another month, treat your senses and sensibility to the splendour that is Sui.
Until next time.