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Inspired by urban, metropolitan cities in the world, the urban modernity, is the inspiration of designer Stephen Burrows’s fashion, indicative of a lifestyle where jet set, carefree, and luxury are definition standards. Now open to the public, Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced at the Museum of the City of New York showcased his iconic pieces that express and exemplify this philosophy during the decade of dance, disco, freedom, and fashion. Aside from the actual gowns, the exhibit also included sketches, newspaper clippings, and video of Burrows’s work in the industry.
I had a chance to view the fashion today, and was enamored by the cut, detailing, and patterns on Burrows’s quintessential 70’s gowns. As the master of draping, Burrows also utilized techniques in color with color blocking, stretching of fabric to cause fluttering edges, known as lettuce edge, bright and bold colors, and red zigzag stitching for a chic and contrasty look.
This was a prolific and profound exhibit, abundant in color, shape, and daydreams. This is afterall works of art by a living legend.
Stephen Burrow: When Fashion Danced is currently open at the Museum of the City of New York at 1220 Fifth Avenue (between 103rd-104th Street) in New York City.
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