Friday, January 7, 2011

New Book on Anna Sui, Cool Designer and Ardent Garment District Supporter

By Andrew Bolton. Preface by Jack White, foreword by Anna Sui and introduction by Steven Meisel

You know Anna Sui: Leading American designer whose clothes have a rock-and-roll bent. But you may not know that she is also an outspoken advocate of NYC's Garment District. I saw her at the Save the Garment Center rally in October, and she is featured on Made in Midtown's web site. From a recent interview in The Wall Street Journal:

"[Anna is] a passionate supporter of the midtown neighborhood that was the heart of fashion when she first came to Parsons the New School of Design in the '70s, when she first met [Steven] Meisel. She has seen local resources dwindle and full globalization of an industry that she worries can seem impersonal. Impersonal just isn't her way.

'I have to see everything I make, touch it, feel it. I love the draping of the fabric, the muslin, to see how a sleeve flutters,' she says."
You can bet I will checking out the new book on Anna Sui by Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Published by Chronicle Books, you can read more about it here. I've never sewn one of her Vogue Patterns yet but I always want to—they're just so unique. What about you, readers? Do you have any Anna Sui pieces in your closet or sewn any of her patterns?


  1. Oooh another book! I will definitely look into getting this one. Thanks (as always) Meg.

  2. I have a couple of her patterns but I've never made them. They seem just a tad too young for me and maybe too frilly for my body, but I have several linings made from her fabrics ala Fabric Mart.

  3. I have a gorgeous silk Anna Sui dress. I love it!


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