Museum of Arts and Design Presents Major Retrospective of American Fashion Designer Anna Sui


Fashion Designer Anna Sui is one of New York City’s most beloved and accomplished fashion designers, known for creating contemporary original clothing inspired by in-depth research into vintage styles, cultural arcana, art history, graphic design, European and Asian decorative arts, film, and more.  Sui is a first-generation Chinese born in Detroit, Michigan, and by the time she was four years old, Sui knew she wanted to be a fashion designer.

Opening during New York Fashion Week, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will present a major retrospective of the iconic American fashion designer Anna SuiThe World of Anna Sui. The exhibition will run from September 12, 2019, through February 23, 2020, and will feature 75 looks from the designer’s archive.  Fashion enthusiasts will have an opportunity to see iconic looks from Sui’s groundbreaking inaugural fashion show of 1991 to her Spring 2019 collection.  From the “Backless Chaps” worn by Naomi Campbell in the Fall 1992 runway show to the “Silver Peruvian Ensemble” from Spring 1994 to one of the iconic “Babydoll Dresses” worn by Linda EvangelistaNaomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington. All looks featured will be shown in context with the original backdrops from Oliphant Studio used in Sui’s fashion shows.

“Born and bred in DetroitAnna Sui is a fascinating American design success story,” said Chris Scoates, MAD’s Nanette L. Laitman Director. “Season after season, Sui translates popular culture and artisanal making into collections that pulse with excitement, reflect and expand on the creative spirit of the times, and move the needle for what fashion can and should be for a diverse, global market. We are extremely excited to welcome our visitors for an unforgettable immersive experience of Anna’s design universe.”

The World of Anna Sui follows other important MAD fashion design exhibitions of recent years, including fashion after Fashion (2017), Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture (2017), and Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin (2015). Notably, Sui’s visit to the Museum to view Counter-Couture, which celebrated the handmade fashion and style of the 1960s and 1970s, provided inspiration for Anna Sui’s Spring 2018 collection.

To celebrate The World of Anna Sui,  the fashion designer herself along with the exhibition’s curator Dennis Nothdruft will share behind-the-scenes stories of The World of Anna Sui in a panel discussion moderated by MAD Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford on Saturday, September 14, 2019 – 4:00 pm.   For more information, visit


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