The World of Anna Sui
Exhibition, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, UK.
The World of Anna Sui features over 100 looks from the designer’s archive, presenting a rollcall of archetypes, from Surfers and School Girls to Hippies, Mods, and Punks.
Anna Sui is the quintessential New York fashion designer. From Detroit to New York, she has reinvented pop culture for every new generation with her signature rock'n'roll romanticism. Since her first catwalk show in 1991, Sui has not only shaped the garments, textiles, accessories, beauty products, and interiors that comprise her design universe, but also the course of fashion history itself. Explains exhibition curator Dennis Nothdruft:
"Anna Sui helped define the look of Generation X. As young creatives rediscover and reference the 1990s, it is time to explore the original designs in a critical context. Through ‘The World of Anna Sui’, we hope to highlight a fresh cultural perspective on the so-called ‘slacker’ generation. The exhibition will showcase a fashion designer who, contrary to the stereotype, is not only highly creative and entrepreneurial but also playful and positive."
This is the first time an American fashion designer has been the focus of a retrospective exhibition in the UK. Says Celia Joicey, Head of the Fashion and Textile Museum:
"Anna Sui is one of the most important and influential American designers of the past twenty-five years. We are delighted to be the first museum in the UK to offer a US fashion designer a retrospective exhibition. Sui is an inspirational woman whose designs embrace the history of American pop culture and popular art movements, and thereby offer a fascinating way to explore national identity through fashion and textiles."