Empire State of Design: The City That Never Sleeps Celebrates Stephen Burrows

March 25, 2013 - Article reads in
Stephen Burrows

The legendary Stephen Burrows, the first African-American designer to gain international stature, has been designing since the early 1960s. His mark on fashion is only rivaled by his mark on New York, which served as both his inspiration and personal playground.

During his rise to fame, Burrows quickly became a style icon in the city of style. Partying at Studio 54 with the likes of Andy Warhol and dressing icons like Cher, Liza Minnelli and Diana Ross only added to his mystique. With vibrant colors, metallic fabrics and slinky silhouettes, Burrows’ danceable designs helped define what it meant to be a modern Manhattan woman.

And now, New York is honoring Stephen with the first major examination of his work. Now showing at The Museum of the City of New York, Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced chronicles a pivotal period in the designer’s career through original sketches, photographs, videos and more than 50 garments.

As a longtime fan of Stephen Burrows and his incredible impact on the world of fashion, Target is honored to sponsor the exhibit. This isn’t the first time the pair have teamed up—to celebrate the 2010 opening of the East Harlem Target store, Stephen created a limited-edition collection, with 5 percent of proceeds benefiting The Fund for Public Schools in support of the library at The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. The retailer has also supported the museum’s flagship field trip program since 2010, which provides free visits for all groups from East Harlem schools.

For the exhibit’s official opening last week, the stylish set—including model icons Iman Abdulmajid and Pat Cleveland, designer Anna Sui and fashion veteran Bethann Hardison—toasted over cocktails and a lavish dinner party in the Big Apple. Check out the fashionable fête below.

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