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New York Museum displays work of Afro-American designer
Jul '13

The Museum of the City of New York is unveiling a lineup of programs to celebrate the dynamic exhibition, Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced, before it closes on July 28.

Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced showcases the works of the first African-American designer to attain international stature. It features sketches, photographs, video, and more than 50 designs, including first fashion collection, dresses that twirled on the floor of Studio 54, a colorful jumpsuit designed for Cher, and more. The Museum will keep the exhibition open late so attendees can visit before the programs begin.

In July, the Museum is holding two, exciting evening events, programs for children, and a final gallery tour led by Curator Phyllis Magidson.


Vintage Fashion: To Have, to Hold, or toWear?
Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 PM
Clothes are made to be worn, but every serious vintage fashion enthusiast sooner or later faces the dilemma of whether to enjoy the immediate gratification and inherent glamour of wearing a recognizable garment, or to preserve an iconic design for posterity’s sake. Join Fred Dennis, Senior Curator of Costume at the FIT Museum, as he moderates a discussion about the politics of collecting, preserving, and wearing vintage fashion with Clair Watson, vintage couture expert and 1stdibs Fashion Director; Lana Turner, vintage wearer extraordinaire; and Buster Seccia, devoted collector of Stephen Burrows’s early designs. Vintage attire encouraged! Co-sponsored by 1stdibs and presented in conjunction with Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced.

Studio 54 and Beyond: New York’s 1970s Club Scene

Wednesday July 17 at 6:30 PM

Studio 54 was the ultra-glamorous and unpredictable epicenter of New York nightlife in the 1970s. It brought together leading rock stars, artists, designers, and literati (plus their many hangers-on) within its hazy four walls. Your hosts are DJs Myra Scheer and Marc Benecke of The Marc & Myra Show on SiriusXM Studio 54 Radio channel 54; panelists are Vince Aletti, music journalist; Bob Colacello, writer, journalist, and former Interview editor; Richie Notar, founder of Notar Hospitality, former Nobu co-owner and former Studio 54 busboy; and fashion model Pat Cleveland. Co-sponsored by SiriusXM Radio and presented in conjunction with Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced.


Sunday, July 28 from Noon to 2:00 PM
Fashion and Fabric Design
Do you have your own sense of style and color? Would you like to learn how to create your own special fabric designs? First, explore the exhibition Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced with your family and look at Burrows photographs, drawings, and garments. You will think about the creative process of Stephen Burrows by learning about the methods, style, and techniques of his work. Using inspiration from the exhibition, each child will create a line sheet, a page that highlights many different ideas and styles within one theme. Then each child will choose one design and make an original creation on fabric to take home.

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