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Anna Sui, one of the most admired designers around but also one of the shiest, is doing a book.

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ANNA’S TOME: Anna Sui is one of the most admired designers around — and one of the shiest. She barely musters a wave when she walks out on the runway at the end of every show, before dashing backstage again. So fashion observers might be a bit surprised to learn Sui is going very public about her 20-year career: She’s doing a book, which Chronicle Books will publish this fall. The book will recount her working with practically every supermodel around, dressing rock sirens and bohemian chicks and giving the baby-doll dress a lease on life, and will contain more than 400 images. Not that Sui actually wrote it. She simply penned the foreword, while Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton wrote the bulk of the text, White Stripes’ Jack White (who’s married to longtime Sui model Karen Elson) created the preface and Steven Meisel did the introduction. “The process of compiling and reliving favorite memories from my career was very gratifying,” Sui said. She’s going on the road, too, with international launch events, television appearances and online marketing. — Marc Karimzadeh

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