Anna Sui: My Life in Music

As The World of Anna Sui opens in New York this week, the designer shares the soundtrack to her life
Share
Share
Anna Sui: My Life in Music

THE SONG THAT MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH MUSIC:
It was I Wanna Hold Your Hand by The Beatles. I was a little kid and somebody ran up to me with a transistor radio and put it to my ear. I was sitting on the swings and I thought, “What is this?” After that, my brother and I would fight over the TV because he’d always want to watch sports and I wanted to watch The Ed Sullivan Show and see the bands. That was the song that really changed me.

THE SONG THAT REMINDS ME OF MY FIRST LOVE:
It was during the punk rock days, so that’s why that genre is so important to me. We were going to [East Village night club] CBGB all the time and there were all these greatlooking guys. People think punk rock is quite aggressive. To me that was quite a romantic period. My favourite band at that moment was Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, and my favourite song was Pirate Love by The New York Dolls so whenever I hear any of those tracks, it just reminds me of that specific moment.

THE SONG THAT I GOT MY HEART BROKEN TO:
It’s the same song.

THE SONG THAT INSPIRED MY FIRST COLLECTION:
Love Cats by The Cure. For the soundtrack to the exhibition, I went through the track lists from all of my shows and picked out my favourite music.

THE MUSIC I DESIGN MY COLLECTIONS TO:
It depends on my mood and what I am trying to evoke. I love a lot of Rolling Stones, especially Exile on Main St, so if I am feeling that I am trying to make it very bluesy, I listen to that. I love Led Zeppelin so if I want the ultimate rock-star look, Zeppelin is great.

THE SONG I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED BY:
She Comes in Colours by the Stones and Tomorrow Never Knows by The Beatles both say something about me. The fact that I loved colour and I was so changeable and there were so many aspects to me. And then Tomorrow Never Knows because there is always something new coming up.

  • Don't miss The World of Anna Sui at the Museum of Arts and Design, Jerome and Simona Chazen Building, 2 Columbus Circle, New York until 23 February 2020. Click here for tickets

Photo: Courtesy of Jerry Schatzberg