Three words to describe Sue Wong, a flamboyant Maximalist Couturier of old Hollywood who has kindly agreed to write for our blog. I approached her because in my opinion her glamorous designs are really made for a luxury night out in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
Max and I have some Hollywood friends in common and when I hear about his fashion blog and the “celeb post” section I immediately agreed to put a post together to tell the readers of pretabloguer about my fashion brand and how it all started…
THE POWER OF BEAUTY
My mother and I escaped Maoist China when I was five and a half years old. We moved to my father in Los Angeles and I became intoxicated by everything that shaped Hollywood Style. When I was a little girl I wanted to become a painter. With fashion I found my canvas. At 19 I opened my first shop where I created one-of-a-kind gowns accented with handcrafted details cut from vintage clothing.
“I gravitate toward a fantasy aesthetic in how women present themselves, with a refreshing, modern frankness, because it’s the opposite of what I grew up with.”
In 1985, I established the Sue Wong label with a playful, contemporary collection of daytime dresses. In 1999, an elegant eveningwear division, Sue Wong Nocturne, was added.
“What good is fashion unless it stirs up genuine emotion! Love and beauty have a magical, tranformative power.”
I understands this power. In my outlook and in my designs, I honor the goddess force — the universal feminine energy that allows women to transcend their time and place.
In 2004, Sue purchased The Cedars, a glorious 17th-Century Venetian-style Hollywood landmark built in the 1920’s for silent-film siren Norma Talmadge. Many luminaries have graced the threshold of this legendary palazzo over the years. Howard Hughes played the piano in the solarium. Errol Flynn and Marilyn Monroe were frequent party guests. Both Dennis Hopper and Jimi Hendrix lived there at the height of Hippie Bohemian Chic. With great passion and drawing on complementary design modalities, Sue completely restored, designed and furnished the estate in 1920’s period detail, down to the drapes, bedding and pillows. Her other homes include a contemporary estate in Malibu and a tropical retreat on Maui.