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Anna Sui chronicles 20 years in fashion

Anna Sui at the Met Gala
Anna Sui at the Met Gala

New initiates into the world of fashion may recognize the name Anna Sui from her recent collaboration with Target, wherein she designed a Gossip Girl-inspired line, the popularity of which was staggering. Little do they know that Anna Sui has been a forerunner in the fashion game for over 20 years.

Paired up with Chronicle Books, the designer will launch a collective publication featuring her work over the years, including accompanying text by Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The process of compiling and reliving favorite memories from my career was very gratifying," Sui says.  "Working with Andrew Bolton was a joy. It is wonderful to see so many years of my work illustrated in Chronicle's retrospective. I feel that this book truly captures the World of Anna Sui."

After the Detroit designer graduated from Parson's School of Design in New York, Sui began blazing trails left and right, eventually earning her the CFDA's Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. She was a major player in the "Save The Garment Center" campaign alongside designer Nanette Lepore, which gained considerable visibility during New York Fashion Week 2008.

Chronicle Books will also release two clutch-sized fabric journals in honor of the designer's book. The book, and journals are available at the Chronicle Books website for $50, and $12.95-$14.95, respectively.