Sue Wong was born in rural Southern China in 1949. Sue Wong’s family escaped to Hong Kong and finally immigrated to Los Angeles, when Sue was at the age of six.
As a youngster in California, she wanted to pursue a career in fine arts. Although she was won a scholarship to the prestigious California Institute of the Arts after high school, her parents wanted her to become an accountant, or a teacher.
Hence, Sue Wong was never formally trained in fashion. But her design talent won out in the end.
Sue Wong has become a prolific designer who has been able to blend her relentless energy with creativity, organization and humanity.
Within a month of enrolling in a fashion program at Los Angeles Technical College, she was awarded a scholarship from Arpeja, a hip fashion company for younger women.
In less than a year, she decided to trade her education for a full-time job as a designer in Arpeja's sportswear division.
Later, she became lead designer at Arpeja, taking the company's sales from $3 million to $51 million in three short years.
Sue is now the creative force behind Sue Wong, Inc.
In 1999, Sue created an eveningwear division, Sue Wong Nocturne, just in time for the millennium.
The ideas of her design come directly from the history of fashion, including inspirations from the 1890s, and every decade from the 1920s through the 1970s. She realizes that the key to healthy marketing is diversity, but inspite of this, her clothing is consistently romantic, blending time-honored handwork and craftsmanship with classic, rather than trendy designs.
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