Anna Sui (Asian Americans of Achievement) by Susan Muaddi Darraj

By Susan Muaddi Darraj

Mixing rock and roll, bohemian tradition, and natural girlishness in her designs, Anna Sui has created a religious following of recognized fanatics, together with Madonna, Paris Hilton, and supermodels Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. This name allows you to learn the way this lady from suburban Detroit pursued her dream.

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I couldn’t find the right purple polish,” she once said, “so I designed a whole line. ” In Asia, Anna Sui Beauty products are among the top-five best sellers, while celebrities who love her products include Cher, Drew Barrymore, and Christina Ricci. Though she is Asian American, Sui never felt limited by the makeup selections available to her. “I was always able to find something that worked for my skin,” she told writer Bernadette Morra. ” Still, Sui has developed a personal philosophy behind her makeup line: “Makeup had reached a point where products were by makeup artists who were into making flawless faces with utilitarian products,” she explained in the same interview.

Of course, some of the most influential figures in her life have been other fashion designers. Her role models in this sense include Coco Chanel, Ossie Clark, Emilio Pucci, Paul Poiret, and Zandra Rhodes. It is interesting to explore these designers and see how each one influences Sui’s work. Coco Chanel has inspired many international designers, and her influence on Sui is not a surprise. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was a French designer, born in 1883, whose stylish, simple, sophisticated clothing for women become her staple.

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. S. shores in the mid1800s. They were mostly illiterate young men from Chinese villages, who worked as laborers in mining and manufacturing during the Gold Rush boom in the West.

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