Anna Sui (born August 4, 1964) is an American fashion designer. Her luxury brand retails globally in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Her clothing, fragrance, cosmetic, and accessories lines sell at Anna Sui stores in over 50 countries and are also widely distributed at leading department stores worldwide. Sui is known for her timeless designs and ability to transcend eras with her historical and culturally inspired collections. After leaving Parsons, she worked for a variety of junior sportswear companies. During this time she began designing clothing out of her apartment. With the encouragement of friends Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista, Sui launched her first runway show in 1991. "That those professional beauties were then at the height of their fame helped stoke the reception Sui got from buyers and the news media," and helped launch the timeless and unique style that Sui's has developed over the past two decades. In 1991, Sui opened her first retail location at 113 Greene Street in New York City's Soho District. This shop, with its lavender walls, red floors, antique black furniture, and signature dolly head mannequins has become a staple of SOHO fashion and has guided the aesthetic of Anna Sui stores worldwide. Evoking the Anna Sui lifestyle, "the stores have come to emphasize the epitome of culture in a continually shifting fashion world." Over her career, Sui has also grown her brand internationally in the American, European, Asian and Middle Eastern markets. Her iconic fashion shows, with their much-anticipated rock music and background designs, routinely pack the Tent at Bryant Park during her prime time Wednesday slot at Fashion Week.
Dolly Girl by Anna Sui
Sui launched a more youthful version of her fashion line called Dolly Girl by Anna Sui in 2004.
She is known for her mixing of styles finding inspiration in everything from the classic Chanel suit to Haight Ashbury hippie chic to glam rock of the 1970s. A favorite ofPatricia Arquette, Christina Ricci, Cher, Naomi Campbell, Sofia Coppola and Courtney Love, Sui’s funky, purple-walled boutiques can be found in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. Today, her patchwork-boudoir aesthetic is instantly recognizable in her clothing, her store design, even in her beauty packaging. It’s a true lifestyle brand,
Anna Sui for Target (2009), Anna Sui Mobile for Samsung (2005), Anna Sui Vision with Allison Eyewear (2001 to Present), Anna Sui for FitFlop (2009)
“There is an artistry in Ms. Sui's mix of art and fashion:
A perfect example of boho chic, Though the butterfly has been a motif in her prints (another of her signatures),
She developed her designing business throughout the 1980s and was ready to put on her first runway show in 1991. The models included Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista. Anna launched her own clothing line the following year and opened the first of her boutiques in New York City. Eventually she would have boutiques in Tokyo, Osaka, Hollywood and Los Angeles. She has continued to be particularly popular in Japan, and has designed the costumes for an anime (Japanese style animation), television series.
Anna Sui says she was inspired by the rock chic look.
Anna Sui continues to bring out her collections, drawing from different inspirational ideas each time, and the shows are always well received. She is always open about the source of her ideas, and still keeps an eye on what's in the magazines, mixing that with some classic looks from the past.
in the trendy SOHO area of New York, where the store features the signature lavenders and florals that are now synonymous with Anna Sui. This concept store has been rolled out globally and has seen success unequivocally.
Anna Sui is certainly a designer that celebrities and other brands want to be associated with. Take for example celebrities Naomi Campbell, Mischa Barton and Paris Hilton; all of...
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