Across The Pond: The World of Anna Sui at The Fashion and Textile Museum

Classic American fashion designer Anna Sui will take her signature rock-n-roll romanticism for the new generation to London’s The Fashion and Textile Museum, where she will have a retrospective exhibition. A first for an American designer to be a focus of a retrospective in the UK, this is quite a big deal. The exhibition, entitled The World of Anna Sui, will feature over 100 looks from the designer’s archive, presenting a roll call of archetypes from Surfers and School Girls to Hippies, Mods and Punks.


Sui has not only worked within garments and textile: the designer is known for her accessories, beauty and interior design as well, all which make up her unique universe. This is a big deal for Sui, as it is the brand’s 25th anniversary. Onlookers can look forward to viewing pieces from her 1994 collection, which was known by her range of iconic babydoll dresses as well as her Spring/Summer 1995 collection which was inspired by the forties. From Carnaby Street schoolgirl ensembles worn by supermodels Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista as well as the more recent cowboy-inspired looks from the Spring/Summer 2017 runway, the exhibit won’t miss a beat.


The Fashion and Textile Museum is a cutting edge venue for modern fashion, textiles and jewelry in London. Founded by British designer Zandra Rhodes and now redeveloped and operated by Newham College, FTM’S program of changing exhibitions always explores newness and offer inspiration to the new generation of creatives. The World of Anna Sui will start on May 26 – October 1, 2017.


Jennifer Stevens