More of Ashley at Anna Sui

Ashley wears a quintessential Anna Sui dress and holds various fabrics from The Anna Sui Collection

Ashley wears a quintessential Anna Sui dress and holds various fabrics from The Anna Sui Collection. Ashley says, “Anna likes her leopard!”

The lace detail

The intricate lace detail

August means the end of Ashley’s internship at Anna Sui – and preparing for her senior year of high school. Working in the pattern-making department as the head intern to manage the weekly ‘fit’ process was very special for Ashley and something she will cherish. When we met today, Ashley was wearing a black, lace Anna Sui dress, that “I wanted to represent Anna’s singular aesthetic so that I will always think of her when I wear it.” Other thoughts of this experience linger with Ashley:

Going into this internship I had only made one pattern and that was a few years ago. Now I understand the hard work and artistry that go into making the designs and bringing them to life. This experience reaffirmed my interest in the business side of fashion, but I’m more confident to grab my sewing machine and play with a pattern (I will need to wait ’til January, though – after my busy fall school schedule!) …

I learned several things: the importance of problem-solving and of making something work, anticipating others’ questions in order to make the process easier for them and that everyone has different needs and ways of doing things and it is important to listen to those needs and remember those personal differences for future reference …

New York Fashion Week is coming up in a few weeks and I hope to join the other pattern-makers and see the Anna Sui show! It will be a wonderful way to bring my internship full circle. If I do attend it will make everything on the runway that much more magical because now I know that on stage is nothing like the reality behind-the-scenes.

About Anna Sui? She is driven by prints and texture. Her influences have been the 70s with her wide-leg pants and full sleeves. She has a big following not only here in The States but also in Asia.” ~ Ashley

"Anna Sui loves to work with textures and prints."

“Anna Sui loves to work with textures and prints.”

"These are dress that I worked on during my time at Anna Sui; I tried all of these on for 'the fit.'"

“These are the dresses from the 2013 Fall Collection that I worked on during my time at Anna Sui; I tried all of these on for ‘the fit.'”

"The two patterns on the left are my favorites from The 2013 Resort Collection.

“The two patterns on the left are my favorites from The 2013 Resort Collection.”

 

 

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