By Susan Muaddi Darraj
Mixing rock and roll, bohemian tradition, and natural girlishness in her designs, Anna Sui has created a religious following of well-known lovers, together with Madonna, Paris Hilton, and supermodels Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. This identify permits you to learn how this woman from suburban Detroit pursued her dream.
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She did, however, make major steps in advancing her line. Two years into being on her own, she borrowed $30,000 from the bank; within six months, she had paid off the entire amount. This was a big accomplishment for someone with a fledgling business, and Sui was proud of herself. ” Another step included moving her work space. According to one article, “For the first [several] years, Sui’s business was run out of her apartment, which was notorious for its leopardskin carpets and purple dining room, with boxes piled to the (continues on page 38) 35 36 Anna sui Between the Generations Discrimination, Then Assimilation Chinese immigration to the United States can be viewed in three phases: 1849–1882, 1882–1965, and 1965 to the present.
63 64 Anna sui an androgynous, boyish look to them. The ultimate symbol of this generation of dolly birds was the miniskirt, which allowed women more freedom of movement as well as a visual way to assert power over their own bodies (a major change from the corsets and buttoned-up fashions of previous generations). The look of the dolly bird probably originated in the styles and designs of Mary Quant, who opened her own boutique, Bazaar, on the King’s Road in London in 1955. She had launched her business at an ideal time, when young women of London were seeking to express themselves with new, different, and fun styles.
Sometimes she also called her parents and asked for financial help, and they did come through for her. “My biggest problem was always money,” Sui recalled in her Newsweek essay. “Starting with $300 is not a good business plan. I had to do extra design jobs to keep my company going for the first 10 years. I reinvested every penny I made back into the business. ” Meisel also did photography work for Vogue in Italy, and the magazine offered Sui a job as a fashion editor at one point. However, she did not like the idea of working for someone else again.