Anna Sui From-The-Archives Dress Spring 2007

(Anna Sui runway Spring 2007)

One often sees great looks walking down the runway and thinks it rather sad that those pieces only have a six month or so shelf life. So I’m always rather pleased when designers decide to resurrect archive pieces. Later on this week I’ll be giving you a sneak peek of Lulu & Co, fashion visionary Lulu Kennedy’s edit of looks from previous Fashion East designers, and today it’s the turn of Anthropologie and Anna Sui.

This season they have collaborated to coincide with the launch of Sui’s new retrospective book, which launches in November celebrating this year’s 30th anniversary of her label.


Not only will the book be available in Anthropologie stores, but three looks from the Anna Sui runway archive have been resurrected and are available in store.

Anna Sui History Repeating Shirtdress spring 2001

(Anna Sui Spring 2001)
Of this look, Anna says, “The mesh dress from my Spring 2001 Mudd Club collection has got to be my all-time favorite. It has a trompe l’oeil design (by Chooch) with all the cartoon details of pockets, buttons, belts and stitches digitally printed.”

Anna Sui Black Walnut Dress Fall 2005
(Fall 2005)

Each dress was a key look in its original collection – Fall 2005, Spring 2001 and Spring 2007 – and features prominently in the retrospective book. This isn’t the first collaboration between Sui and Anthropologie: the first dresses under the Anna Sui for Anthropologie label debuted in Spring 2006.

The three runway looks hit stores November 1st 2010. Check out online at

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I have one of her dresses for Anthro and love it, its always bold and happy!


I love Anna Sui – she’s not usually to my taste, but sometimes I just fall in love with something (like the fabulous green handbag I’m carrying today). BUT I have to say that if something looks that bad on Karen Elson (third pic), it just *might* not be a good purchase for a mere mortal? Or maybe it’s just the extraordinary foot/legwear putting me off?


I love that second dress! Are these going to be available in the U.S. stores/website or only in the UK?


I love that Sui has done this… I work in fashion and sometimes get so depressed at how wasteful and unforgiving an environment it can be..its very refreshing to see her looks come back, and especially in Anthropologie!

Em xoxo


I loved the details used in her spring-summer 2011 collection: lace and embroidery

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