Anna Sui

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Anna Sui’s Book List

I find it so important to maintain the spark of curiosity, the romance of adventure, the discovery of unknown worlds, the charm of an unexpected surprise, learning about something new. Films, exhibitions, music, travel, and flea markets—all help do that for me. And books!

12 books
Amy de la Haye

Zandra has always been a big influence for me—my favorite. I collect her incredible printed chiffon pieces from the early 1970s. I love the fantasy of her clothes. 

Sheila Rock
Foreword by Nick Logan

Sheila (the ex-wife of Mick Rock) documented the early days of punk rock: The Clash, the Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks, and the King’s Road boutiques, SEX and BOY. She also worked extensively for the magazine The Face. The book includes interviews with Paul Simonon, Glen Matlock, Steven Severin, Chrissie Hynde, and John Savage. The deluxe version comes with a limited-edition photograph to frame.

Julia Morton
Photographs by Jerry Schatzberg

Beauty and elegance without irony or exaggeration. Photographer Jerry Schatzberg captured the strength and glamour of the most beautiful women from the 1950s and ’60s.

Peter Trippi

John William Waterhouse is my favorite Pre-Raphaelite painter. Peter Trippi has a lively spirit, and is a most extraordinary scholar. I based my Spring 2014 fashion show on this theme.

Marisa Berenson
Steven Meisel Editor

The lavish photo selection is really incredible! Not only are her iconic fashion pictures included, but also very intimate ones from her personal collection.

Simon Barker
Michael Bracewell
Greil Marcus

This is a beautiful book by Simon Barker, who worked at Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s Seditionaries store in the 1970s, is full of very personal photos of everyone from that scene. Simon was a member of the Bromley Contingent (Sex Pistols followers and fans, Siouxsie Sioux, Jordan, Debbie Juvenile, Philip Salon, Tracie O’Keefe, Soo Catwoman, Steve Severin, and Billy Idol).

Iain R. Webb

This is Iain Webb’s celebration of the iconic 1980s English style magazine Blitz (1982–87); featuring Boy George, Nick Knight, David LaChapelle, Anna Piaggi, Judy Blame, John Galliano, Katharine Hamnett, Pam Hogg, and Stephen Jones. There was so much creativity during this time. I remember shopping at Kensington Market, and meeting Leigh Bowery and Rachel Auburn. I loved their designs, and those of Body Map. They told me to go to Taboo!

Johan Kugelberg Editor, et al.

This book aptly documents the graphic art of the Punk period: posters, fanzines, Xeroxed handbills, and ephemera. This was the way the news traveled then—it was how you knew what was going on, who was playing, and where.

David Bowie
Photographs by Mick Rock

Photographer Mick Rock had unlimited access to this world. These photographs portray Bowie’s early glam period.

Andrew Bolton
Richard Hell
Jon Savage

Beautifully done, this is Andrew Bolton’s gorgeous catalogue for the Metropolitan Museum’s exhibition that illustrated how punk style and iconography are interpreted by fashion designers.

Roger Padiha
Mauricio Padiha
Epilogue by Anna Sui

Antonio Lopez was such a strong influence on everything I love about fashion. He was a singular creative force. His legacy covers much more than just his amazing fashion illustrations. Antonio also influenced urban style and dance music (and introduced so many famous faces— including superstar models Cathee Dahmen, Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, Paloma Picasso, Donna Jordan, Marisa Berenson, Jane Forth, Loulou de la Falaise, and Jessica Lange). I love his energy, optimism, and joie de vivre.

Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper was the photographer and a friend of the Rolling Stones—part of their inner circle. He did the Their Satanic Majesties Request album cover, and the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover for The Beatles. He was also close friends with many artists and writers, such as Robert Fraser, Francis Bacon, Peter Blake, David Hockney, Jean Genet, Terry Southern, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.

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