The Museum of the City of New York recently unveiled its latest exhibition, “When Fashion Danced,” an homage to designer Stephen Burrows and his colorful, exuberant fashions that perfectly captured the Studio 54 zeitgeist of 70s New York.
Featuring original sketches, photographs, video and over 50 garments, the exhibit ranges from his first fashion line to the groundbreaking designs that defined a decade (and the dance floor) by way of color-blocking and inventive use of materials. Burrows’ career trajectory began with 60s counterculture and exploded with the liberated nightlife of the 70s, as his hallmark style of fluid draping, metallic materials, and body-conscious silhouettes captured the sartorial imaginations of legions; it was the epitome of disco-era glamour. Over-the-top but never too formal, his designs were not made to sit in, or even stand in, they were made for dancing: an irreverent attitude that resonated with every echelon of society and bridged the gap between downtown funk and uptown poise in an way that was revolutionary for its time.
Sure to be an inspiration for the S/S 14 season, don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Burrows’ 70s gems up close and personal. Below, a sneak-peak at the designer’s oeuvre and the exhibition at hand.
“Clothes [must] be colorful, alive, fresh, sexy, feminine, and most of all, fun to wear. They must move as the body moves, be danceable, comfortable and have a great fit, and they should give the feeling of an engineered sensuality.” – Stephen Burrows
On view through July 28, 2013 at the Museum of the City of New York.
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