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Exhibition Detail
When Fashion Danced
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029

March 22nd, 2013 - July 28th, 2013
March 22nd, 2013 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Naomi Sims in fringed leather ensemble, Fire Island, Stephen BurrowsStephen Burrows,
Naomi Sims in fringed leather ensemble, Fire Island,
© Courtesy of the artist & Museum of the City of New York; Photograph by Charles Tracy
upper east side
Museum and Museum Store: Sun-Sat 10-6
garments, photography

Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced is the first major examination of the work of the designer The New York Times called in 1977 the “brightest star of American fashion.” It looks at the period spanning the 1970s when Stephen Burrows’s meteoric rise to fame made him not only the first African-American designer to gain international stature, but a celebrated fashion innovator whose work helped define the look of a generation. With vibrant colors, metallic fabrics, and slinky silhouettes that clung to the body, Burrows’s danceable designs generated a vibrant look that was of a piece with the glamorous, liberated nightlife of the era. Through photographs, drawings, and original garments, the exhibition will trace Burrows’s evolution from creating eclectic looks for his friends in the 1960s to his work with the chic 57th Street retailer Henri Bendel to the floor of Studio 54, as he dressed such 70s style icons as Cher, Liza Minnelli, and Diana Ross.

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