On Monday 18 October 2020, the iconic fashion designer Anna Sui will host a virtual talk with NYC's Poster House about the graphic inspirations in her work. Discussing her decades long career, which has seen Sui draw from a disparate range of vintage cultural references, Sui will be talking in depth about psychedelic posters from the 1960s and 1970s, which have inspired some of her most famed collections. Presented with Poster House, the U.S's only museum dedicated museum to the global history of posters, the talk follows on nicely from Sui's retrospective at the Museum of Arts and Design, also in New York.
Sui was a key part of the city's underground scene in the 1970s, and went on to define American fashion in the 1990s, rejecting 1980s power dressing and instead embracing the values of youth culture. Debuting her first runway show in 1991, this S/S 21 season was the first time the designer hasn't hosted an IRL show. Determined to keep community and collaboration at the core of what she does, Sui sourced crafts people on Instagram, whilst taking inspiration for her designs from female Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot.
In 2017, SHOWstudio sat down with Sui to talk about her career in an In Fashion, where she emphasised how important her references are to her work: 'It's always been vicariously living through the inspiration's I'm inspired by and I'm learning about. That's what life's about, exploring those things that you love.'
Tickets are $5 (around £3-4), and can be purchased here.