Anna Sui founded her eponymous fashion brand in 1981, after dreaming of this career as a child, and designing garments out of her apartment for years previous. Challenging conventions of the time, Anna Sui explored grunge and rock styles in her collections and stood out from other current designers. By the end of the 1980’s, Anna Sui was a brand with global recognition and a devoted following. Anna Sui designs have been highly influential, and to this day continue to push boundaries. With Sui herself still at the head of the brand, Anna Sui now creates womens ready-to-wear, accessories, fragrance and cosmetics.
Having always pursued unconventional styles, Anna Sui was known for their androgynous designs and blends of vintage styles with radical subculture influences. Many references intertwine within Anna Sui designs in the past and to this day. We see styles reminiscent of the 1960’s and 1970’s mixed with gothic elements. Boho-folk traditions are given attitude and edge. These eclectic designs are distinctive and uniquely Anna Sui.
In recent collections, a romantic and vintage aesthetic is produced through floral prints, flowing silhouettes and colorful palettes. Intricate patterns and embellishments hold glam-rock spirit, while playful gingham two-piece co-ords are youthful and girly. Loose, long skirts and wide leg trousers evoke whimsical silhouettes while structured black velvet dresses are striking and powerful. Anna Sui remains as inventive as always, with constant combining of cultures and styles to produce stand-out pieces which are reminders of years gone by.
Anna Sui has stores in New York and Beijing, and an e-commerce website. Their collections can also be located on Yoox and Lyst.