Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

There’s an Anna Sui fashion retrospective coming to London

rexfeatures_5897699au.jpg

Anna Sui is credited with defining the look of Generation X, and has dressed everyone from Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell to Kate Middleton.

Now, in what’s certainly an overdue announcement, the fashion designer is finally getting her very first dedicated exhibition, celebrating her work over the past 20 years.

Curated by the Fashion and Textile Museum, The World of Anna Sui will open its doors in May next year, and will be the first ever retrospective of an American designer to be held in London.

Naomi Campbell Anna Sui catwalk

Naomi Campbell on the runway for Anna Sui, New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2004

Hailed as one of the best ‘storytellers’ the fashion world has ever seen, Sui staged her first runway show in 1991 – the ‘school uniforms’ from which have gone down in fashion’s history books – after being coaxed into it by friends and longtime fans Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford.

Her babydoll dresses, layered fabrics and fusion of femininity with grunge soon earned her cult status, with the 1994 collection widely being considered her global ‘breakout’ moment.


Read more: The 2017 Met Gala’s theme will bring some serious high-fashion weirdness


“As young creatives rediscover and reference the 1990s, it is time to explore the original designs in a critical context,” Celia Joicey, head of the Fashion and Textile Museum, tells WWD.

“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.”

Kate Middleton wearing Anna Sui

Kate Middleton wearing Anna Sui during her tour of India, April 2016

The exhibition will feature mood boards, sketches, photographs and key pieces from Sui’s collections over the years, all grouped according to several of the designer’s key themes, such as the bohemian, the goth, the punk, the rocker and the schoolgirl.

There’ll also be an area dedicated to her creative collaborations with icons including models Evangelista, Turlington and Campbell, make-up artist Pat McGrath, jewellery designer Erickson Beamon and fashion designer James Coviello.

Naturally, Sui is playing a hands-on role in the planning and execution of the homage.


Read more: Victoria Beckham announces new fashion collaboration


“I am completely thrilled, and I am very involved,” she tells vogue.com. “I worked closely with curator Dennis Nothdruft on deciding which looks from my archive to include and I’m working on a book at the same time. Though not an official catalogue of the show, the chapters will be arranged in the same way the mannequins will be grouped in the exhibit by theme.”

The World of Anna Sui will be at The Fashion and Textile Museum from May 26 to October 1 2017, see ftmlondon.org for tickets and more info.

Images: Rex

Related

gigi hadid.jpg

Gigi Hadid made to cover up on catwalk as she wasn't “thin” enough

brows.JPG

This teen was bullied for her brows - now she’s a model

baddie winkle.jpg

Baddie Winkle - aka our hero - is the new face of Missguided

Comments

More

Shoes to make you happy: fancy new footwear to click your heels in

Instant cheer

by Amy Swales
22 Jan 2017

Shop the 40 most extravagant pieces of jewellery under £100

What January blues?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
20 Jan 2017

Fashion designers write thank you letters to Michelle Obama

And not just because they don’t want to dress Melania.

by Moya Crockett
20 Jan 2017

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

20 Jan 2017

37 Valentine's gifts you'll want to buy for yourself

Ditch hearts and flowers for stylish and interesting

by Amy Swales
19 Jan 2017

Why Amanda Seyfried won’t be wearing a white dress at her wedding

The actor is engaged – but she’s not interested in a traditional gown.

by Moya Crockett
18 Jan 2017

Naomi Campbell shares sweet tribute to Kate Moss on her birthday

"I love you wagon"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
16 Jan 2017

This week's Style List

From plant life to shirt goals

by The Stylist web team
15 Jan 2017

New Look have their own budget version of Prada’s new ‘it’ handbag

It’s the ultimate designer dupe…

by Kayleigh Dray
12 Jan 2017

Octavia Spencer on the joy of wearing trousers on the red carpet

“I was able to be freer”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
12 Jan 2017