Monday, September 16, 2019

The World of Anna Sui Part 1

I had the pleasure of checking out the new exhibit at the MAD Musuem, The World of Anna Sui, last Friday. It is truly an amazing exhibit and if you are a fan of the designer, or design in general, a must see. There are so many fabulous treasures that this will be shown in 3 parts for those who cannot make it in person. I hope that you will try your best to see this before it closes as you will not be disappointed! Here is some info on the exhibit from the museum:

About the Exhibition
Born and raised in Detroit, educated and discovered in New York, Anna Sui reinvented pop culture fashion with her signature rock-and-roll romantic label in the 1990s and has remained a design icon ever since. Beginning with her premiere catwalk show in 1991, Sui has shaped not only the garments, textiles, accessories, cosmetics, and interiors that comprise her design universe, but also the course of fashion history by popularizing the boutique fashion look. Sui’s unique approach to creating narratives through her work is legendary: a self-taught historian of culture, art, and fashion, she samples music, books, exhibitions, movies, time periods, photography, and art movements in her designs.

Over the years, Sui has explored wide-ranging materials and inspirations, including papier-mâché mannequin heads; linens by Vera; Claire McCardell sportswear; army surplus jackets; Japanese hankies; qipao dresses; wood-soled platforms from Goody Two-Shoes; the style of Jane Holzer, Zandra Rhodes, and Anita Pallenberg; and Minnie Mouse. Her collections are replete with references, processed and creatively reimagined through the filter of Anna Sui.

Unlike other popular American designers, Sui is driven by telling stories head-to-toe about the worlds of cowgirls, grunge girls, hippie chicks, hula girls, Mods, pirate rock stars, Pre-Raphaelite maidens, and surfer nomads. The exhibition gives insights into her process, allowing the viewer to step inside her imagination and watch it unfold.

The World of Anna Sui features approximately one-hundred looks from the designer’s archive, presenting a roll call of twelve archetypes that are staples of the Sui aesthetic. It also spotlights her heroes as a youth and the importance of her collaborators, including the New York City Garment Center.

The first iteration of this exhibition debuted at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, in the summer of 2017.

The World of Anna Sui was curated by Dennis Nothdruft for the Fashion and Textile Museum, London. It was adapted for MAD by Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford with support from Assistant Manager of Curatorial Affairs Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy.

This was in the elevator! I smiled from ear to ear with this exhibit, the colors just make you so happy! I hope you enjoy the photos and that you can make it in person to view.  


The World of Anna Sui
September 12, 2019 through February 23, 2020

Museum Hours
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10 am – 6 pm
Thu: 10 am – 9 pm
The Museum is closed on Mondays and on major holidays.

2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

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