Anna Sui is one of New York’s homegrown self made designers, renowned for her fusion of pop culture, vintage and history as her inspiration. We had the pleasure of spending some time with Anna at the opening of her retrospective ‘The World of Anna Sui’ at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum.
The exhibition consists of over 125 outfits and accessories, some of which Anna stated she had not seen The collection is arranged on mannequins, some with wigs from the original shows. Anna was really happy as she said she has not seen some of this work for 20 years.
One of Anna’s personal favourites of the collection was the Marie Antoinette dress from the Spring 2007 Ready-to-Wear, the collection was inspired after a trip to Paris. She was also influenced by the Barbarossa Pirates, think Jack Sparrow time, including the Ottoman Turkish Pirates. Staying with the Turkish feeling, a trip to the harem in the Turkish Palace brought it all together.
Anna works with huge walls of mood boards filled with drawings, fabric swatches, swatches of colour, tear sheets from magazines, rich colours, flower pictures, photographs, fashion poses from the past, and sketches of the new emerging collection. Two of these walls were recreated at the museum. It made me want to fill my walls with inspiration.
When talking about her makeup range, Anna said the packaging was inspired by the rings she was wearing at the time. aspiring to a matt laquer and floral pattern. She feels the packaging is so beautiful it is made to not be thrown away.
Anna has many fragrances and is about to launch a new one. The influence and love for the playful side of fairy tales is shown in the new perfume called Fantasia. The packaging colours are similar to butterflies and the beautiful glass bottle is topped with a golden rising unicorn.
Anna believes beauty and fragrance are meant to be a thrill or luxury. You are remembered by your scent, it is your signature. You can evoke your spirit in a fragrance insisting that its magic takes you somewhere else.
Keep your eyes peeled for the interview we have with Anna coming soon to the site.
‘The World of Anna Sui’ is at The Fashion and Textile Museum, go and see it!
26 May – 1 October 2017.