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Anna Sui, Spring/Summer 1993

Nadya Wang

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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Anna Sui’s spring/summer 1993 collection reflects her ease in cherry-picking ideas from disparate sources of inspiration to create collections that are recognizably hers. Chiefly inspired by Biba, Barbara Hulanicki’s London boutique, the collection was also in touch with the grunge aesthetic of the season, with a riot of bright colors in stripes, fabric flowers on skullcaps, and knit tops juxtaposed with militaristic khaki skirts and pants. Added to the mix were lace dresses and crocheted cardiga

Youthquake Fashions

Joel Lobenthal

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

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Throughout the 1950s, British fashion was dominated by the Paris couture, and the long shadow it cast over London couturiers such as Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies. British manufacturers followed the parameters laid out by the high end of fashion. But the emerging generation wanted something entirely different and entirely their own. They were out of sympathy with the mores of expensive made-to-order clothing. “The couture was for kept women,” said Barbara Hulanicki, who opened the London boutiq

Boutique

Michele Majer

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

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Small retailing establishments were not new to the post-World War II period. In the first half of the twentieth century, Paris, London, and New York all had specialty shops. Usually owned by a single designer or proprietor, these operated between the highly exclusive couture houses and the large department stores, and catered to a well-to-do clientele with an emphasis on personal attention to the customer.

Biba

Elizabeth Wilson

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

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