Anna Fong’s timeless and sophisticated, yet hip, clothing has earned her a reputation as a world-class designer. But Chicago is her city.
The homegrown Columbia College alumna got into fashion as a kid, playing with dolls and making their clothes out of socks. In high school, her creative ambition was fueled by the extracurricular art programs provided by Gallery 37, one of Maggie Daley’s legacies. Based in the Loop, it still offers all sorts of free arts programs for city kids.
Over the twentyish years since then, she’s fully honed her taste and craft into ensembles resembling what Jessica Rabbit might wear if she had become the First Lady. Fong draws her inspiration from the 1940s and 1980s, respectively, as well as frequent travel (she has plans to travel to Cuba, Thailand and Guatemala this year) and music. She gets pumped for the day by driving down Lake Shore Drive as the sun rises, listening to Florence & the Machine with the wind in her hair. Also, as so many artists before, she draws inspiration from nature. Particularly flowers.
“But I can’t get myself to use a floral print…right now,” she says. “So, for example, the curved slit [I use] came from the calla lily. I love the subtle curve that the hemline gives. Your eye can follow that curve effortlessly.” Read the rest of this entry »