Anna Sui

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Anna Sui : biography

04 August 1964 –

Anna Sui (born August 4, 1964) is an American fashion designer. Sui is one of the most celebrated names in fashion history, known for her timeless designs and ability to transcend eras with historical and culturally inspired collections. She was named one of the "Top 5 Fashion Icons of the Decade" and earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), joining the ranks of Yves St Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Diane von Furstenberg. Her worldwide luxury fashion brand includes clothing, shoes, cosmetics, eye-wear, and accessories, as well as her renowned line of signature fragrances. Anna Sui products are sold through her free-standing stores and distributors around the world in over 50 countries. In 2006, Fortune estimated the collective value of Sui’s fashion empire at over $400 million.


[[Karlie Kloss in Anna Sui dress- September, 2011]] [[Sasha Pivovarova at Anna Sui show- February 2008]]

For her innovative work, Sui has been called a designer who "never panders" by The New York Times, and earned the distinction of being named to Time magazine’s list of the decade’s top five fashion icons.

In 2008, she was profiled in Newsweek’s Women and Leadership.

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.

[[Agyness Deyn at Anna Sui Show – February, 2008]]

Other lines

Anna Sui Shoes premiered on the runway for the fall collection in 1994. Manufactured in Venice, Italy, the shoe collection includes both day and evening styles, in velvet, silk, patent leather, snake and lizard skin, shearling and suede.

In 2009, Sui partnered with Target to produce a Gossip Girl inspired line combining Upper East Side style with a downtown edge. The limited edition collection was available for several weeks in September. A children’s line known as "Anna Sui Mini" debuted in early 2009. Her design versatility was further displayed when Sui was contracted by Samsung Electronics Co. to design cellular telephones.


Sui introduced her signature fragrance and cosmetic line in 1999. Her much-anticipated and collectible perfumes are famous for their elaborate packaging and bottle designs.

  • Night of Fancy
  • Live Your Dream
  • Dolly Girl Lil’ Starlet
  • Flight of Fancy
  • Magic Romance
  • Dolly Girl Bonjour L’Amour!
  • Secret Wish
  • Dolly Girl on the Beach
  • Dolly Girl Ooh La love
  • Dolly Girl
  • Sui Love
  • Sui Dreams
  • Anna Sui Classic
  • Rock Me
  • Rock Me! Summer of Love
  • Forbidden Affair
  • Fairy Dance

Anna Sui Line

[[Caroline Trentini for Anna Sui Spring, 2011]] [[Jessica Stam in Anna Sui dress – February, 2009]] That year, Sui opened her first retail location at 113 Greene Street in New York City’s Soho District. The flagship store, with its lavender walls, red floors, antique black furniture, and signature dolly head mannequins has become a staple of SOHO fashion and has guided the aesthetic of Anna Sui stores worldwide. Evoking the Anna Sui lifestyle, "the stores have come to emphasize the epitome of culture in a continually shifting fashion world." Over her career, Sui has also grown her brand internationally in the American, European, Asian and Middle Eastern markets. Her iconic fashion shows, with their much-anticipated rock music and background designs, are a staple at New York’s Fashion Week.

For the past two decades, Sui’s iconic collections have drawn on her travels around the world, with inspirations ranging from Belle Époque, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Uzbekistan, to the American West. Sui designs and manufactures her signature collection in her New York City headquarters on Fashion Avenue. In addition to her work as a designer, Sui 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. Sui’s designs attract many famous clients such as Blake Lively, Naomi Campbell, Sofia Coppola, Liv Tyler, and Courtney Love.