Some of us fabulous women went along to The Anna Sui exhibition ‘The World of Anna Sui’ at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London over the weekend.
Sui is known for dressing rock stars and supermodels and surely is the queen of 90s grunge fashion.
The multimedia that accompanies the exhibition is really fascinating and in the ‘inspiration room’ you can hear Sui on film describe how she knew from when she was very young that she wanted to dress rock stars for a living.
For some of us of a certain age, it was a jolly nostalgic trip around the 1990s and interesting to see where our high street inspired versions of the garments had begun. There is a cabinet full of her amazing purple, gold, and powder blue cowboy boots (think rodeo disco) and I chuckled to myself reminiscing about the downmarket look-a-like pair I bought from Dolcis in Oxford Street when I was in my early twenties.
As well as the clothes (there are over 100 outfits, which are obviously the main event), the exhibition is also littered with brilliant photos of Linda, Christie, Kate, and Naomi in their heyday, many of which were taken by Sui’s good friend Steven Meisel. The room housing the clothes also smells divine by the way! There is a light spritz of one of her perfumes being pumped out at one end. Also, make sure you have a look in the museum shop. There are lots of nice Anna Sui booty if you are feeling flush and in the mood to shop.
For us, the exhibition really sparked lots of conversation and laughs about iconic 90s places and faces. Someone recounted an anecdote about an evening out at London’s Bar Rumba, which is now a cheesy Westend club, but back in the height of grunge, it was quite the place. I haven’t heard the phrase ‘Bar Rumba’ uttered out loud for about twenty years. One of the exhibit stands with animal and nomad-inspired folk style hats also reminded us of Camden market in the 90s, but of course, it was Sui who influenced the trickle down street style trend, not the other bubble up way around.
You can hear an interview with Sui on BBC Women’s Hour to give you a little more background before your visit… link in the box quote