She is an American Fashion Designer and known for her vivid, colorful and cheerful designs.
Born on August 4, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan. She took an interest in fashion at a very young age and began clipping fashion-magazine pages to fill her famous Genius Files. These have served as an inspiration for her line throughout her career.
After moving to New York, she attended The New School's famous art and design college, Parsons The New School for Design.
After leaving The New School, she worked for a variety of junior sportswear companies. During this time she began designing clothing out of her apartment which retailed at locations such as Macy’s and Bloomingdale's.
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 also insured industry embrace of a talented niche designer.
Following this incredible reception she opened a 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 synonymous with the Anna Sui brand.
Journey Back to a Wild and Crazy Time
Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times
The Anna Sui store in SoHo celebrates the 1980's and even bits of earlier eras. The music is the Sex Pistols, and the mannequins wear Sally Bowles bobs.
As described in a recent Time article, "The stores have come to emphasize the epitome of culture in a continually shifting fashion world. " Over her career, the Anna Sui brand has also grown internationally in the American, European, Asian and Middle Eastern Markets.
Her clothing, fragrance, cosmetic, and accessories lines sell through her stores in over 50 countries and are also widely available in leading department stores worldwide.
Dolly Girl Perfume Gift Set & Live Your Dream Perfum
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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.
"NEW YORK, September 15, 2010
By Tim Blanks
Anna Sui is s celebrating the 20th birthday of her business and, as the new tome that marks the milestone shows, she has been utterly true to her vision from day one. Her collection today included the baby doll dresses, the handkerchief-hemmed skirts, and the print mixes that have always been part of her work. But the heart of the issue was, as always, Sui's ability to build an extraordinary mythology around her story for the season".
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She was called a designer who "never panders" by The New York Times, and named to Time magazine's list of this decade's top five fashion icons.
In 2009, Sui won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, which serves to honor contributions made to American fashion by outstanding individuals in the industry. Sui joins the ranks of Yves St Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg and Bill Blass, who are past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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In 2008, she was profiled in Newsweek's Women and Leadership, and was recognized for her contribution to fashion at the Bravo A-list Awards. Anna Sui continues to design and manufacture her signature collection in her New York City headquarters on Fashion Avenue. There she has ardently fought to keep the industry alive and has spearheaded a campaign to "Save the Garment Center", which was highlighted during Fashion Week in September 2008.
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In 2006, Fortune magazine estimated the collective value of Anna Sui's fashion empire at over $400 million. In 2010, she featured her collection on the runway finale of the 14th cycle of America's Next Top Model.
Sui's designs attract many famous clients such as Paris Hilton, Blake Lively, Patricia Arquette, Mischa Barton, Christina Ricci, Cher, Naomi Campbell, Sofia Coppola, Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Maria Sharapova, Nicole Richie, Liv Tyler, Courtney Love, and James Iha