August 29 2014

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Anna Sui’s Mid-Lifetime Achievement Award


Truth be told, there was something confounding about Monday’s announcement by the CFDA that Anna Sui would be receiving this year’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. While Sui herself seems a touch young for those kinds of laurels, there’s also the tricky matter of her aesthetics. Sui has drunk from the fountain of youth: The designer has drawn on a seemingly endless reserve of youthful whimsy, youthful exuberance, and youthful nerve since launching her label in 1980. Even at their most fashionably sophisticated, Anna Sui collections are always fun. But as the CFDA’s award recognizes, Sui has managed to pack a lifetime’s worth of accomplishment into her decades at the dress form. She has leveraged her rock ‘n’ roll sensibility into bags, beauty, and shoes and has taken her brand fantastically global without ever losing her independence or her cool. Here, Sui talks to about getting a little help from her superfriends, giving a little love to the Garment Center, and the music.

How much of a surprise was the CFDA news to you? I mean, I’m sure there’s always a satisfying shock to finding out that you’re receiving an award like this, but I wonder if it’s one of those things where you kind of knew your turn would be rolling around soon.

Oh, God no. It was a total, total surprise. I had no idea why Diane von Furstenberg was calling me Sunday. I work in such an isolated way—it’s my business and I built it myself, plugging away on my own terms, and I guess I always felt like people just kind of looked and me and thought, ‘Oh, well, there she is doing her kooky thing.’ So this is—honestly—an amazing honor. I mean, these are my peers recognizing me. It’s huge. Continue Reading “Anna Sui’s Mid-Lifetime Achievement Award” »