By  on June 9, 2009

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

Anna Sui’s designs swing young and engagingly rock ’n’ roll; her image, edgy (never mind that, in fact, she’s plenty grounded). The walls of her showroom pulse with girly Goth deep purple. She dresses mostly in black, her long bangs nearly obscuring her eyes. No, Sui is not your typical lifetime achievement award winner. Rather, she is the first designer of the downtown persuasion to be so honored by the CFDA. The award recognizes Sui’s impressive trajectory in fashion and also the evolution of an industry that not all that long ago viewed young-and-cool as an essential, but often irritating, little sister to more grown-up mainstream American fashion.

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