“It’s such an honour – my first exhibition in New York!” Anna Sui said. “We are always caught up in going forward, doing research; we never look back.”
The designer was talking about the prestige and pleasure of having a dedicated collection in her name at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York.
Even though her good friend Zandra Rhodes organised the first edition of this exhibition in London at the Fashion and Textile Museum in 2017 (‘The World of Anna Sui’), it is a big deal to be recognised by the city she has called home since she moved to Manhattan from Detroit, where her Chinese immigrant parents brought her up, to study fashion at Parson’s School of Design.https://www.instagram.com/p/B2WOQjTn87j/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=dlfixNow, her fashion ‘family’, most of whom have been with her since she started out from a corner of her living room in the 1980s, not only worked on her Spring/Summer 2020 show, but also helped to gather this display of her design history. The London exhibition was curated by Dennis Nothdruft, and it has been adapted for MAD by Barbara Paris Gifford, who has focussed on objects from pretty to Punk.