Stephen Burrows 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. Dubbed “the king of the sexy cling”, some of his signatures include clingy, stretchy fabric; curly “lettuce” hems; exposed zig zag stitching; bright, colorful prints & corblocking; 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 vintage, from the late 60s/early 70s. Its stretchy, clingy fabric - probably Lurex - has a subtle metallic sheen. Fantastic abstract tropical fern & frond print. No closure of any kind - no buttons or zippers. “Lettuce” hems on bell sleeves and skirt hem. Skirt has a wide, centered slit; top has a deep v neck. Exposed zig zag stitching on all hems. This dress clings to the body, but has several inches of stretch - so keep all of that in mind as you look at the measurements! “Montaldo’s” label is stitched right on top of the “Stephen burrows loungewear” label. Dress appears to beninmperfect condition, no issues or flaws found.