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Anna Sui was born August 4th, 1964 in Detroit Michigan
At the young age of four she wanted to be a fashion designer
She would collect fashion magazines and cut them up for inspiration
She would go to the fabric store with her mom and watch as she picked out fabrics and sewed at home. Then she would use the scrap fabric to make clothing for her dolls.
when she figured out how to make patterns she started making her own clothes
She recalled reading an article in a magazine about these girls who graduated from Parsons in New York and obtained a boutique. She said As a kid you think wow, youve found the magic ticketall you have to do is move to New York and go to Parsons
She did end up moving to New York later on and attending Parsons
During her second year she heard about a job opportunity at Charlies Girls working for Erica Elias. She showed them her student portfolio and she was given the job. she was given her very own design room to work in; she had sewing ladies, and a draper. this gave her many opportunities later on
In 1918 Anna Sui wanted to do her own clothing line but she didnt know where to start
She shared a booth with her friends at a tradeshow and made five clothing pieces for it, and Macys and Bloomingdales both ordered from her.
she started her own business
Her friends in the fashion industry encouraged her to take the plunge and produce a fashion show. At this time companies like Chanel, Lacroix, and Versace were all on the runways
1991 was her first runway show and she started getting a lot of press and being noticed internationally
She got a job as a designer for a company called Isetan who made her collection extremely famous in Asia