2. Anna Sui

“No one has ever found a solution for not doing a fashion show.”

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Quotes by Anna Sui

Quotes by Anna Sui

  1. A piece of fabric can get me going.
  2. At the point when I wanted to become a designer, I didn’t think about, ‘Oh, but I’m a woman,’ just like didn’t think about like, well, ‘I’m Chinese’ or that ‘I’m in Michigan.’ You know, none of those things were obstacles to me. I just had this idea that this is what I had to do.
  3. Creating a book and creating a collection involve a lot of editing.
  4. Every collection that I work on, I always think, Is this cool enough to wear to a concert?
  5. Every time that I wanted to give up, if I saw an interesting textile, print what ever, suddenly I would see a collection.
  6. Fashion should be fun and accessible.
  7. I always say the next big thing will happen in unexpected places – up and coming cities that aren’t necessarily boom markets.
  8. I don’t have the luxury of making clothes just to make an effect. It can’t be something totally frivolous, because my distributors have to have a successful season, too.
  9. I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit.
  10. I have a big responsibility to my licenses. All my licenses draw from and take ideas from the runway.
  11. I just love the way the ’60s rock stars put themselves together, because they were like dandies and peacocks. They really lived out their fantasies – and dressed their fantasies.
  12. I just love the whole idea of conversational prints.
  13. I live for fashion.
  14. I love going to flea markets especially when I am traveling, because I love seeing the stuff of other cultures, handicrafts and things with historical content.
  15. I love history. I love art. I like to mix it all together, but in the end it somehow has to all make sense.
  16. I love punk, I love a lot of British Invasion bands, I love garage bands.
  17. I love research. When there’s something that I like, I want to know everything about it. I want to know exactly what was behind it, and where it went from there.
  18. I never intended being a business person I wanted to be a fashion designer.
  19. I think I’m a global citizen. My parents came from China, were educated in France and emigrated to the United States. And I think that opened up my mind to be able to live and work anywhere.
  20. I think about that all of the time and I have this fantasy that I am going to work at a museum someday! I would love to do something like that!
  21. I think that fashion has become such a big business and with globalization we are on new territory at this point. We are not just designing for a country we are designing for a world now.
  22. I think whenever people talk about the ‘Anna Sui woman,’ they’re talking about someone that’s probably kind of more downtown, and there’s always like this ambiguity: Is she a good girl, or a bad girl?
  23. I think you have to be in the right place at the right time. And understand that and know when it is your time and how you react to it and how you respond to it.
  24. I wanted to be a designer since I was a kid, and I was always attracted to the way rock stars dressed and the way their girlfriends dressed. I always thought that they were the most interesting people.
  25. Longing and desire goes further than instant satisfaction. That’s human nature.
  26. No one has ever found a solution for not doing a fashion show.
  27. Nothing’s faster than the Internet.
  28. There are always different influences each season. It could be a person, it could be a piece of furniture; it depends on what I’m obsessing about.
  29. To me if you’re going have a show, it should be a show. It should be entertaining and take you on a journey.
  30. To me, fashion is like a mirror. It’s a reflection of the times. And if it doesn’t reflect the times, it’s not fashion. Because people aren’t gonna be wearing it.
  31. Well, my whole thing is that I’m kind of like a show-off!
  32. When I look at designer books I am sometimes puzzled why they don’t share their inspiration, when it’s obvious somebody had such great inspiration.
  33. When I started my own business, my main reason for designing clothes was that I wanted to dress rock stars and the people who went to rock concerts. It didn’t go beyond that aspiration at that point.
  34. When I was starting, there were wool mills in the U.S. that could make you anything. The U.S. used to produce the most beautiful cotton denim in the world. Now all that is gone.
  35. When punk really started to happen, it was a reaction against the disco craze of the time.