Exploring the signature rock-n-roll romanticism of the iconic designer

Anna Sui is one of New York's most dearest and ingenious designers. Sui showcased her first catwalk in 1991 where she soon became known for creating contemporary, original clothing inspired by intense research of vintage fashion and culture.

Dennis Nothdruft, Curator of The World of Anna Sui says:

“Anna Sui helped define the look of Generation X. As young creative's discover 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 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 showcase will include more than 100 head-to-toe ensembles ranging from early looks- such as the mod Carnaby Street schoolgirls appearing in the first runway show in 1991, to the cowboys and cheerleaders modelled by Gigi and Bella Hadid in the Spring/Summer 2017 American-themed collection.

Highlighting successful mixes of Sui's inspirations, the sources are distinctively diverse – from 1930s film stars to Belle Époque decorative arts. Other of inspiration influences come from music and bohemian chic which reflects Sui's devotion to rock-n-roll. 'The world of Anna Sui' indulges into a world with distinctively graphic textiles, patterns and colours.

Celia Joicey, Head of the Fashion and Textile Museum, says:

“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.”

The exhibition will open 26th May to 1st October.