The first thing you should know about Stephen Burrows is that he is one of the first African American fashion designers to make it big time in the high-fashion industry - internationally and mainstream - in the 1970s. I like to say that he used Studio 54 as his runway, because he worked hard to create, not just wearable pieces, but clothes you could move & dance in. He was inspired by Disco, dance, ease of movement, freedom. Some of his signatures include exposed zig zag stitching; bright, colorful prints & colorblocks; a lack of zippers and buttons - he wanted you to be able to throw it on and hit the dance floor! This dress is an incredible example of all the aforementioned features, and how timeless and modern his work from the 70s remains today, 50 years later, after his most creative and influential years designing.
This dress is all silk, sans buttons & zippers. Its collar becomes two long, flowing scarves that drape over the shoulders and frame the front of the dress. The top features a very deep v neck, only an inch from the waistline, which is a drawstring with a belt matching the fabric of the dress. The front of the long skirt has a high and wide, centered slit. Fabric is semi-sheer silk, with an amazing abstract ethnic inspired print. This dress is in perfect condition from the 1970s. Keep in mind that this was intended to be worn loosely as you check the measurements. Label reads “stephen burrows”.
measurements: bust approx. 36” • waist up to 30” • hips 36” • shoulder to waist 14” • waist to skirt hem 38”