Exhibition Dates: 26 May – 1 October 2017
Anna Sui is the classic American fashion designer. From Detroit to New York, her signature rock-n-roll romanticism reinvents pop culture for every new generation. Since her first catwalk show in 1991, Sui has shaped not only the garments, textiles, accessories, beauty and interiors which comprise her design universe, but also the course of fashion history. The World of Anna Sui features over 100 looks from the designer’s archive, presenting a roll call of archetypes from Surfers and School Girls to Hippies, Mods and Punks. This is the first time an American designer has been the focus of a retrospective exhibition in the UK.
Images: Anna Sui, 2011 © Anna Sui; The World of Anna Sui, book cover 2017.
Isetan Mitsukoshi for Anna Sui Spring Summer 2012 © Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello
Exhibition on Tour
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Exhibition Dates: 12 September 2019 – 23 February 2020
Exhibition Dates: 28 January – 7 May 2017
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Display Dates: 11 March – 17 April 2016
Discover textile history, tradition, design and making at the Fashion and Textile Museum Festival of Textiles. A series of displays, talks and workshops brings together some of the best and brightest textile developers, artists and designers now working in the UK. Curated by Mary Schoeser, Diana Harrison and Linda Brassington, the Festival aims to illuminate contemporary practice and open minds to the ways in which textiles enrich lives.
Textiles Surface and Structure is a display of work, designed and made on the BA Hons Textiles course at UCA Farnham. Led by artist and designer Sharon Ting, the course forms part of the only School of Crafts and Design in the UK and aims to fuse traditional skills with innovative materials-based textile design. The display in the Fashion Studio features work by Ting as well as that of final year students and recent graduates including Joanne Hayward, Janice Webb, Louise Anderson, Charlotte Stewart, Alice Howard-Graham, Christine Teeling, Ceri Buller, Ellie Rothero and Claire Hunsinger.
Chemistry for Couture features the practice-based research of metal horticulturalist Jo Horton. The electro-chemically grown stitch and embellishment techniques developed by Horton are informed by the history of bespoke, handmade, metallic textiles for fashion since the 16th century. At the centre of the display will be two outfits showing electro-formed embellishment created as part of Horton’s post graduate research at De Montfort University.
Gesture in Cloth is an installation of works selected to represent a breadth of approach as taken by seven professionals. Curated by Linda Brassington, it reflects her current doctoral research exploring craft and the notion of making in textiles as an intervention with materials – a subtle balance between the artist’s hand and material properties. Featuring work by Louise Renae Anderson, Sally Greaves-Lord, Diana Harrison, Robert Moon, Ann Richards, Mary Restieaux and Brassington herself, visitors can observe the varying ways in which each artist has developed a growing personal language in fibre, thread and cloth, chemicals, dyes and pigments. In their different ways, each piece demonstrates a transformation of textile substance. Together, they form a collection of ideas in the making: gesture in cloth.
Images: Printed silk by Alice Howard-Graham, a graduate of UCA Farnham who is now studying at the Royal College of Art, London.
Front Thumbnail Image: Silk Ikat Woven Textiles by Mary Restieaux RDI