The New York Times once called Stephen Burrows "the brightest star in American fashion," and for good reason. Burrows' career has spanned over 50 years and has garnered a legacy that is currently being celebrated in a retrospective of his creations from 1968 to 1983 at The Museum of the City of New York.
The exhibit, "Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced," is a feast for the eyes and a must-see for any fashion lover. Technicolored gowns, vibrant frocks and eye-catching ensembles fill the room and are a beautiful reminder of a time when fashion, quite literally, danced. The "it" girls and boys of the Disco era were decked out in Burrows' designs as they twirled the night away at clubs like Studio 54. Furthermore, the 69-year-old was also one of the five designers who are credited for putting American fashion on the map, thanks to the historic 1973 "Battle of Versailles" fashion show.
With that said, the exhibit is certainly a cause for celebration. Target, which has built a close relationship with Burrows over the years, is the show's official sponsor and helped throw a spectacular opening party last Thursday night where hundreds of fashion insiders and fans packed the upper east side museum to fete Burrows.
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The guest list read like a who's who in fashion--Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Sui, Washington Post contributor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robin Givhan, actress Adepero Oduye, legendary model Pat Cleveland, image activist Michaela Angela Davis, media maven Bevy Smith, Essence editor-at-large Emil Wilbekin, as well as fashion activist and former model Bethanne Hardison were all on hand for the big event.
We were also there to give our well wishes, party and capture all the fun for a brand spankin' new episode of "Style In The Wild," our all-things-fabulous video series. We chatted with Burrows about being honored, asked Robin Givhan about the significance of the exhibit and caught up with Iman, who told us Burrows put her in her first pair of heels. Gotta love it!
Check out the video above for all those moments and so much MORE!
"Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced" opened on March 22 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029. An accompanying book is being released by Rizzoli in April.