Anna Sui

Anna Sui Biography, Family, Collections, Career, Net Worth, and Quotes

Anna Sui Biography

Anna Sui is an American Fashion designer named one of the Top 5 Fashion Icons of the Decade. She is a holder of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Her brand categories include fashion lines, footwear, cosmetics, fragrances, eyewear, jewelry, accessories, home goods, and a gifts line. Her products are availed to clients in over 50 countries in the world.

Anna Sui

She had decided to become a fashion designer by the time she was four years old and was taught some basic skills at home with her mother.

Anna Sui Age

She was born on the 4th of August 1952 in Detroit, Michigan, United States.

Anna Sui Family

She was born to Paul Sui (Chinese: pinyin: Xiāo Huìguāng) and Grace Sui Fang (Fāng Guāngqí) who were French-educated Chinese immigrants who met while studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. Her matrilineal ancestry is of the Fang clan of Tongcheng, Anhui, characterized with a number of philosophers and scholars. Alongside her are two brothers, Bobby Sui and Eddy Sui.

Anna Sui Career

After completing her second year at Parsons School of Design, she was hired by Erica Elias’ juniors clothing label Charlie’s Girls. Her works there were considered great and were featured in the Italian “Lei” Magazine to a supportive audience. After, she worked for many other designers and on the side, she was creating her own clothes in her apartment. She later brought her collection of five pieces to a New York trade show which got the attention of Bloomingdale and Macy’s. Her clothes were then featured in an advertisement in The New York Times causing her to get fired from the job she had. She then used her savings to start a business from her apartment. She survived doing odd jobs and reinvesting all of her money back into the business.

In the ’80s, she struggled to keep up with the big-name fashion houses. Around 1987, she managed to move her line to Annette B. showroom, where the owner, Annette Briendel, helped her in her endeavors. She then got the chance to move her operation from her apartment to the Garment District. She accumulated a following and grabbed the attention of Japanese fashion powerhouses and would later expand Japanese operations. She rented a small space in the Meatpacking District to place a runway paying her models with the clothes. This became the breakthrough of her career getting the attention of the news as well as a number of buyers.

In 1991, Madonna wore her clothing to Paris Fashion Week garnering her tremendous and far-reaching notoriety. Later in that year, her first runway featuring her collection. The year after she opened her first retail location at 113 Greene street in New York City. She painted the store herself and added signature dolly head mannequins and red floors. In that same year, she won the CFDA Perry Ellis Award for new talent. In 1993, Anna Sui Corporation opened a new store in Hollywood and introduced menswear clothing to her runway collections. The year after, Anna Sui Shoes were introduced into the runway. In 1997, she emerged into the world stage with the opening of other stores in Tokyo and Osaka. She also collaborated with an Italian shoe manufacturer Ballin to create a shoe line.

Still, in 1997, she designed iconic together with gallerist Ralph Pucci. Anna Sui launched her fragrance, Anna Sui Classic with Wella AG and Albion cosmetics line. The collection was featured in the Fashion in Motion exhibition in London. She launched a collaboration collection Ali Rapp for Anna Sui in 2003 with Peruvian designer Ali Rapp. The collection consisted of ready to wear, handbags, fashion accessories, T-shirts and cloth dolls featured in her shows in 2008 and 2013. She also collaborated with Dark Horse Comics and William Tucci and designed the wardrobe for a number of main characters in Tucci’s “Shi: Ju-Nen” in 2004. Some of the items in the wardrobe were from her Fall 2004 fashion collection.

She was contracted by Samsung Electronics Co. together with Vogue in 2005 to design the Samsung SGH-E315 cell phone. She also partnered with Anthropologie to launch a clothing collection called Anna Sui for Anthropologie. Still, in 2005, she got into a 2-year contract with Victoria’s Secret and designed a lingerie line for the company. In 2006, she launched the Anna Sui Boho Barbie doll in partnership with Mattel and later another collection with Victoria’s Secret called Anna Sui for Victoria’s Secret. In 2007, she partnered with Hello Kitty to create a limited edition collection of stuffed animals. For 2009, she partnered with Target to launch a line called Anna Sui for Target and a children’s line called Anna Sui Mini. She was awarded the Classic Icon of Fashion Design Award award at the China fashion awards in Beijing and the CFDA Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in New York still, in 2009.

In 2010 she released her book in collaboration with Andrew Bolton and also released her Forbidden Affair Fragrance. In 2011, she created a limited edition shoe collection in collaboration with Hush Puppies. In April of that same year, she was present at the Identities 2011 fashion show at Harvard College where she spoke to the students and was honored with the program’s Leadership of the Arts Award. She collaborated with Coach in 2012 and created a handbag collection called Anna Sui for Coach. The year after, Anna Sui,  Albion, and Asos launched a cosmetics line in Europe. On February 2, 2014, Lee Min-ho announced the Anna Sui for Fila collection on behalf of Anta Sports Products and Fila China which launched in 2015.

Still, in 2015, she partnered with Ford Motor Company to create the Mustang Unleashed Collection for the 50th anniversary of Ford Mustang. She also launched a lingerie line in Korea with Alvin Korea Co. Ltd. In October of that same year, she partnered with CFDA to introduce a collaboration with BestBuy called Anna Sui × BestBuy. She partnered with Isetan and Sailor Moon to launch the Sailor Moon × Anna Sui Collection featured at the Isetann store in Shinjuku. In the same year, she partnered with:  French dessert maker Ladurée to create a collaboration called Anna Sui × Ladurée as a part of the Les Merveilleuses Ladurée collection; O’Neill to launch the collaborative collection titled Anna Sui for O’Neill; American boot-maker The Frye Company to launch a limited edition collection titled Anna Sui × Frye, and lastly the Starbucks × Anna Sui holiday collaboration announced the collection.

She partnered with Opening Ceremony in 2016 to create the Spring Summer 2016 Collection that featured other brands like Renli Su, Ms. Min, and Vivienne Tam. She launched a new line later in that year called Anna Sui Home and Interior. For 2017,  she launched the Blythe Adores Anna doll Collection in collaboration with Kenneth/Takara.

Anna Sui’s Fashion Collections




Anna Sui Fall 2017


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui Fall 2016


Anna Sui Resort 2017


Anna Sui Spring 2017

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui Fall 2015


Anna Sui Resort 2016


Anna Sui for O’Neill

Collection Launch

Anna Sui × Frye

Anna Sui × Sailor Moon

Anna Sui × Starbucks

Anna Sui Spring 2016

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui Fall 2014


Anna Sui Resort 2015


Anna Sui for FILA

Collection Launch

Mustang Unleashed Collection

Anna Sui Spring 2015

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui for Tumi 2012

2013 Collection Launch

Anna Sui Fall 2013

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui Resort 2014


Anna Sui for Tumi 2013

Collection Launch

Anna Sui Spring 2014

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui for Hush Puppies

2012 Collection Launch

Anna Sui Fall 2012

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui Resort 2013


Anna Sui for Coach

Collection Launch

Anna Sui Spring 2013

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui Fall 2011


Anna Sui Resort 2012


Anna Sui Spring 2012

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui Fall 2010


Anna Sui Resort 2011


Anna Sui Spring 2011

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui Fall 2009


Anna Sui Resort 2010


Anna Sui for Target

Collection Launch

Anna Sui Spring 2010

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui Fall 2008


Anna Sui Resort 2009


Anna Sui Spring 2009

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui Fall 2007


Anna Sui Resort 2008


Anna Sui Spring 2008

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui Fall 2006

2006 New York Fashion Week

Anna Sui Spring 2007

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Anna Sui Fall 2005

2005 New York Fashion Week

Anna Sui Spring 2006

Anna Sui Fall 2004


Anna Sui Spring 2005

Anna Sui Fall 2003


Anna Sui Spring 2004

Anna Sui Fall 2002


Anna Sui Spring 2003

Anna Sui Fall 2001


Anna Sui Spring 2002

Show canceled due to 9/11

Anna Sui Fall 2000

2000 New York Fashion Week

Anna Sui Spring 2001

Anna Sui Fall 1999


Anna Sui Spring 2000

Anna Sui Fall 1998


Anna Sui Spring 1999

Anna Sui Fall 1997


Anna Sui Spring 1998

Anna Sui Fall 1996


Anna Sui Spring 1997

Anna Sui Fall 1995


Anna Sui Spring 1996

Anna Sui Fall 1994


Anna Sui Spring 1995

Anna Sui Fall 1993


Anna Sui Spring 1994

New York Fashion Week

Anna Sui Fall 1992

1992 Press Week of New York

Anna Sui Spring 1993

New York Fashion Week

Anna Sui 1991

1991 Press Week of New York

Anna Sui Winter 1991

Anna Sui Spring 1992

Anna Sui Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of about 400 million dollars.

Anna Sui Quotes

  • To me, fashion is like a mirror. It’s a reflection of the times. And if it doesn’t reflect the times, it’s not fashion. Because people aren’t gonna be wearing it.
  • Every collection that I work on, I always think, Is this cool enough to wear to a concert?
  • Every time that I wanted to give up, if I saw an interesting textile, print whatever, suddenly I would see a collection.
  • I think you have to be in the right place at the right time. And understand that and know when it is your time and how you react to it and how you respond to it.
  • I always say the next big thing will happen in unexpected places – up and coming cities that aren’t necessarily boom markets.
  • To me, if you’re going to have a show, it should be a show. It should be entertaining and take you on a journey.
  • Creating a book and creating a collection involve a lot of editing.

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