It’s a blast from the past, and it is no one else than the eponymous queen of hip fashion, Anna Sui. It is 1991,36 year old Anna Sui premeirs her first runway collection with a bang!!. With models like Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Kimora Lee, Linda Evangelista and others gracing her runway, her collection did not disappoint at all. To put in a teenager’s perspective, it was her first time, and it was awesome!.
It was a loong journey to her first runway collection, She joined Parsons in 1973 and after just two years she was employed as a junior sportswear manufacturer Charlie’s girls with designer Erica Elias and later met photographer Steven Meisel where she did styling on his photograph shoots . It was 10 years since 1981 when she launched her first collection…Thanks to friends like Naomi and Linda who tipped the scale in her favour. Although she was an “overnight success at almost 40″ as described by Guy Trebay of the New York Times, it was not a walk in the park for Anna Sui. 10 years is a long time to wait for your break, she should have opted for the KIm Kardashian-seconds-to-fame method, it works like magic!…literally an overnight success.
Enough of her incredible history. To the nitty gritty. Her 1991 fall collection was exquisite. It was a new fresh look to the fashion scene of the early 1990′s. It was a punk rock look..fun yet gritty,”There was a multiple fashion collision Wednesday evening. It looked as if Sly and the Family Stone crashed into Coco Chanel and then got rear-ended by Christian Lacroix. The show, the first by Anna Sui, was a riot…” Perfectly put by Woody Hochswender of the New York Times. It was brightly coloured vinyl jackets, houndstooth checked pleated skirts, dresses in pink, yellow and ivory with wool helmets and gold straps.It was an avant-garde collection….and it was 1991. It was a dreamy fashion collection reflecting her love for rock and roll and offering a peak of the club scene. It was a much deserved break through. The following year, she opened her fist store at 113 Greene Street in New York’s Soho district.
Flash Forward, Anna Sui is on the path to high success. After her premier collection, she developed a cult like following in the Far East where she carried out major expansion. In 1994, she launched a shoe line and later launched fragrances, cosmetics shoe and accessories licenses and to add on to that, her collections were increasingly being sold in different worldwide stores. Currently, her collections are sold in over 300 retail stores and she owns over 50 boutiques in 8 countries and she is not stopping.
Watch the video of her 1991 Fall collection
Anna Sui is fashion royalty. She was contracted by Samsung Electronics to design cellular cellphones. That’s how good and versatile she is. in 2009, she won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award joining the leagues of Karl Lagerfeld,Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein and Oscar De La Renta. She earned the distinction of being named to Time magazine’s list of the decade’s top five fashion icons. After all this success, she is still the same 1991 Anna Sui sticking to her roots.
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