Museum of the City of New York Hosts Talk with Anna Sui, and Isabel and Ruben Toledo About Designer Stephen Burrows and His Influence on Contemporary Fashion

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The Museum of the City of New York will bring together acclaimed designers Anna Sui and Isabel and Ruben Toledo to discuss the impact of designer Stephen Burrows and the vibrant, new exhibition Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced.

Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced

The program is co-sponsored with the Couture Council of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

The Museum of the City of New York will bring together acclaimed designers Anna Sui and Isabel and Ruben Toledo to discuss the impact of designer Stephen Burrows and the vibrant, new exhibition Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced.

The exhibition 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. Burrows helped define the look of the disco club scene, ushering in a liberated version of American fashion.

The programs will be held at the Museum of the City of New York at 1220 Fifth Avenue (between 103 and 104 streets), Manhattan. The Museum will keep the exhibition open late so attendees can visit before the program begins.

Stephen Burrows' Signature Styles
Thursday June 6, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
A conversation about Stephen's far-reaching impact on fashion yesterday and today with Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Anna Sui. The panelists will explore Stephen's "style signatures," including his use of color blocking and the lettuce hem. Robin Givhan, Pulitzer-prize winning fashion journalist and former style editor at the Washington Post, will moderate the discussion. The program is co-sponsored with the Couture Council of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Also upcoming is another exciting program on June 19:

Stephen Burrows: An Intimate Interview
Wednesday June 19, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
In the years between 1968 and 1983, Stephen Burrows became the first African-American designer to gain international fame. Join Stephen Burrows in conversation with Kim Jenkins, Parsons Fashion Studies MA graduate, about the exhibition Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced, and hear Stephen discuss the downtown scene in 1970s New York City, his pioneering style, and how his vibrant colors, metallic fabrics, and slinky silhouettes helped define the look of the disco generation.

Reservations are required. Tickets: $6 Museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 general public. For more information, or to register by phone, call (917) 492-3395 or visit https://boxoffice.mcny.org/public/.

About the Museum of the City of New York
Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, and serves the people of the city as well as visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. For more information, call (212) 534-1672 or visit http://www.mcny.org.

Directions: By bus: M1, M3, M4, or M106 to 104th Street, M2 to 101st Street.
By subway: Lexington Avenue #6 train to 103rd Street, walk three blocks west, or #2 or #3 train to 110th Street, walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 104th Street.

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