• Solange McKenzie

Stephen Burrows: The Epitome of Electric Sexuality


Stephen Burrows

Stephen Burrows is an African-American luxury designer. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Burrows worked at Weber Originals manufacturing blouses as he worked on his own designs. Eventually his designs were being sold in small boutiques until Burrows began working with artist, Andy Warhol in 1968. Burrows was on an upward climb and became well known for his brightly colored designs. Many described them as the epitome of the electric sexuality for the disco time period.

Pat Cleveland in Stephen Burrows for the Battle of Versailles

Soon after Burrows met Geraldine Schultz, owner of retail store Henri Bendel, and got his own boutique in the store. Then Borrows was chosen to participate and showcase his designs in the Battle of Versailles. He was one of ten total designers featured in the Battle of Versailles. Since then, his designs have been worn by many influential women such as Farrah Faucet, Bette Midler, and present past First Lady Michelle Obama. Burrows was also honored by the CDFA in May 2006.

-Solange McKenzie


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