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Creating a book and creating a collection involve a lot of editing.
– Anna Sui
I love going to flea markets especially when I am traveling, because I love seeing the stuff of other cultures, handicrafts and things with historical content.
At the point when I wanted to become a designer, I didn’t think about, ‘Oh, but I’m a woman,’ just like didn’t think about like, well, ‘I’m Chinese’ or that ‘I’m in Michigan.’ You know, none of those things were obstacles to me. I just had this idea that this is what I had to do.
There are always different influences each season. It could be a person, it could be a piece of furniture; it depends on what I’m obsessing about.
I think about that all of the time and I have this fantasy that I am going to work at a museum someday! I would love to do something like that!
Every collection that I work on, I always think, Is this cool enough to wear to a concert?
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 think that fashion has become such a big business and with globalization we are on new territory at this point. We are not just designing for a country we are designing for a world now.
A piece of fabric can get me going.
No one has ever found a solution for not doing a fashion show.
Nothing’s faster than the Internet.
I think whenever people talk about the ‘Anna Sui woman,’ they’re talking about someone that’s probably kind of more downtown, and there’s always like this ambiguity: Is she a good girl, or a bad girl?
When I look at designer books I am sometimes puzzled why they don’t share their inspiration, when it’s obvious somebody had such great inspiration.
I never intended being a business person I wanted to be a fashion designer.
Well, my whole thing is that I’m kind of like a show-off!
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.
I think I’m a global citizen. My parents came from China, were educated in France and emigrated to the United States. And I think that opened up my mind to be able to live and work anywhere.
I have a big responsibility to my licenses. All my licenses draw from and take ideas from the runway.
Fashion should be fun and accessible.
I love research. When there’s something that I like, I want to know everything about it. I want to know exactly what was behind it, and where it went from there.
When I was starting, there were wool mills in the U.S. that could make you anything. The U.S. used to produce the most beautiful cotton denim in the world. Now all that is gone.
I always say the next big thing will happen in unexpected places – up and coming cities that aren’t necessarily boom markets.
I live for fashion.
Longing and desire goes further than instant satisfaction. That’s human nature.
Every time that I wanted to give up, if I saw an interesting textile, print what ever, suddenly I would see a collection.
I just love the whole idea of conversational prints.