The Spring '17 ready-to-wear collection of BFA Fashion Design graduate Anna Sui , reflects the acclaimed designer's love of intricate patterns and embellishments, jewel tones, vintage design as inspiration, and fine art. Pieces like the ones shown above illustrate Sui's meticulous construction, which typically employs layered fabrics and luxurious details to create feminine silhouettes.
A wide array of American visual culture references are woven throughout the Spring '17 collection: from Western fringe, cowboy hats, and modern sheriff's star badges to plaids, lace, and charming prints to elements of sportswear, such as striped elastic ribbing. "My spring collection celebrates Americana and everything that I thought would always be — a kind of hopefulness. It was a reaction to what is going on in the world."
Sui artfully blends historical and contemporary cultural reference points for a fresh sartorial language that has been recognized in industry honors including CFDA's Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Sui received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from The New School at Commencement 2017. Today Sui applies her rich, whimsical aesthetic to products far beyond apparel, designing for global companies including Mattel, Samsung, Starbucks, Coach, Frye Boots, Ford, and Target.