Celebrity Spotlight: Sue Wong – Global Fashion Sensation


Internationally renowned fashion designer and artist Sue Wong creates with the impact of a powerful pendulum swinging back-and-forth between the Modern and the Romantic. 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 embellished with passementerie and soutache combine to create works of art that are graceful, elegant, unique and timelessly beautiful.

Born into humble circumstances in a remote countryside in Southern China, Sue was spirited away from her ancestral home at the age of five by her Mother, who longed to be reunited with her Father in America. Journeying to the United States a year later, mother and child reunited with Sue’s father in Los Angeles. Hers is an inspired story as Sue Wong is the living embodiment of the great American Dream— a classic Rags to Riches story that spins a story of an incredulous, fascinating life, which along with the success, achieved through tenacity and hard work, also came much tragedy and sacrifice. 

As Vice-President of Design for the Arpeja in the 1970s, Ms. Wong became an immediate stellar success, catapulting the company’s sales from a mere $2 million in annual revenues to over $52 million within a three-year time period – a stunning and unprecedented success in the fashion industry for the times. 

The SUE WONG Designer label began in 1985.  Over the next 32 years, Ms. Wong successfully operated her $40 million in revenue per annum company with a hands on creative, financial and marketing basis with international offices and showrooms located in Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong and China. 

The center of the SUE WONG manufacturing production was shifted to the southern cities of China in the late 1990s to pave the way for her stellar success in the new Millennium. Sue Wong was the first American designer credited with bringing Haute Couture looks to the masses at affordable prices, therefore launching and solidifying her illustrious reputation as the EVERYWOMAN’s COUTURIER.

SUE WONG the designer label ruled the American Evening Market for the next decade, selling to the highest level stores in America, such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, in addition to 27 countries globally, becoming the number one source for the Evening category, proving that the  SUE WONG signature is beloved globally, and appreciated by women all over the world. The intricate detailing such as hand beading and embellishments gave her designs a definite identifiable signature that separated her beautiful designs from the other offerings in the marketplace. Her business skyrocketed to meteoric heights because of the affordable pricing and high-quality workmanship of her beautiful unique designs that were manufactured and crafted in China. 

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, creating beauty and sorcery that both enchants as it empowers, leaving a trail of wistful romantics speechless in its wake…

Sue Wong’s fashion is inspired by her glamorous 1920’s historical Hollywood palazzo, THE CEDARS–

The Cedars, Designer Sue Wong’s palatial historical estate which once encompassed terraced gardens lakes and fountains on 15 acres, was commissioned by French director and screen writer Maurice Tourneur (A Doll’s House, Last of the Mohicans, Lorna Doone) in 1921 based on the Venetian styled palazzo of the Duke of Alba in Spain. Tourneur’s masterpiece contains a multiplicity of magnificent details and reflects his creative vision.  While Tourneur, in the midst of a divorce, decided to return to France before its construction was complete, the home subsequently served as host for a constellation of legendary Hollywood stars and musical royalty including Norma Talmadge, Joseph Schneck, founder of 20th Century Fox Studios, Béla Lugosi, Errol Flynn, Howard Hughes, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol, Dennis Hopper, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, John Phillips, Brian Jones and The Rolling Stones, and Johnny Depp. It has also been featured in a number of Hollywood classics, including Sunset Boulevard (1949) and Easy Rider (1969). The Cedars has been featured in many publications, including ANTIQUES & FINE ART, IN-STYLE HOME, HELLO, HOLA and LOS ANGELES TIMES.

 In 2004, The Cedars attracted the attention of Los Angeles fashion designer Sue Wong, who immediately fell in love with the faded glamour and opulent details of the estate.  The designer, known for her glamorous vintage inspired gowns featuring elaborately detailed couture elements, such as beadwork, appliqué, embroidery and hand painting, had an immediate and natural affinity for the soaring bas relief ceilings, gilded columns, period ironwork, and frescoed archways of The Cedars, whose ornate details, grand style, and vintage provenance reflect her own romantic design sensibilities.

Sue Wong would spend the next three years meticulously restoring the estate to its former grandeur and glory, while maintaining its patina of antiquity.  She began the process by commissioning a team of European artisans lead by Zoltan Papp to restore each of the ceilings, archways, fireplaces, sculptural elements and columns in an intensive two-year process that removed over 80 years of grime and dirt that had obscured much of the artwork.  Sue Wong scoured the globe for antiques, from France, Spain, Italy, Morocco and England to create a unique environment to suit each of the estate’s 26 rooms.  The designer also commissioned custom artwork and designed one of a kind upholstery patterns, pillows, and drapery to further enhance the rich detail of the home.  The result is one of the most dramatic and extraordinary estates in Los Angeles and a stunning homage to the iconic glamour of early Twentieth Century Hollywood.

Additionally, SUE WONG haute glamour evening gowns are favored by many luminous Hollywood stars. The stars appear on various red carpets and important Hollywood events, including the EMMYS, GOLDEN GLOBE AND OSCAR ceremonies. Hollywood stars who have been dressed in signature SUE WONG designs include Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway, Minnie Driver, Jessica Biel, Kelly Osbourne, and Tyra Banks. 

She continues to be the proven Alchemist, now expanding her artistic canvas into design modalities for Fashion, Home, Lifestyle, Interiors, and signature Hotels. 

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