Sue Wong is a woman of contrasts. She appears petite, but possesses a grand presence that fills an entire room. Her designs are recognizable for power and strength, but there is also a romantic fantasy and poetic lyricism in her work. This collision of polar opposites creates the frisson that fuels Sue Wong’s designs and has established her signature style. The inspiring Sue Wong nocturne collection is dream embodied in fashion and design.
Born into humble circumstances in a remote countryside in southern China, at the age of six, Sue moved to the United States with her mother and a year later reunited with Sue’s father in Los Angeles. She was initially interested in arts, but Sue would also create her own paper dolls and their entire lavish wardrobe, practicing her interest in Fashion Design. However, Sue started making her own clothes when she was nine years old. In High School she was chosen from over three hundred female classmates to be a member of the May Company Teen Board, and landed the opportunity to work in modeling, assisting in window display and merchandising. Later Sue opened up a one-of-a-kind boutique shop in Bohemian Venice, California, and another upscale boutique in West Hollywood with a stunning Art Deco interior. So her signature vintage style was born and solidified. Sue took details from vintage garments from the Twenties, Thirties and Forties, extracted the hand-made detailing such as beadwork and embroidery and redesigned an entire new garment, incorporating the detailing of the vintage embellishments into her new design.
Her attempt at launching her own line at age 30 was unfortunate. She was in the midst of an acrimonious divorce and raising two young sons. Undeterred, she relaunched her brand five years later, rolling out an initial collection of Sue Wong day dresses to critical acclaim in 1985. Eventually, she introduced more elaborate evening pieces in 1999, a move that would firmly establish her signature style of haute couture, glamour, femininity and romantic vintage sensibilities.
With each new collection, Sue Wong never fails to astonish, employing the revered age-old couture techniques implemented by the finest Couture houses in Europe, and evoking the allure and glamour of various eras such as Weimar Berlin, 1930s Shanghai, Precode Hollywood and Manhattan’s gilded Jazz Age. While often adopting vintage style, every design belongs in the now and is decidedly very Sue Wong; exquisite fabrics shimmering with incandescent beads, unique embroideries and layered textures.
Sue Wong truly captures and embodies through her work, her mantra of Beauty. Magic. Transformation. It is the Eternal Feminine Goddess energy that Sue Wong aspires to honor in every woman.