The Kaleidoscopic World of Stephen Burrows

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A flippy bright blue skirt set off with a top of brilliant stained-glass colors — moving free and easy just below the knew. The fabric: wool blend. $200.

Just by looking at the bright, colorful designs of Stephen Burrows — let alone putting them on — seems to engender joyfulness. Designing collections that brought the vibrancy of summer into all seasons, his clothes clearly show the mark of the period when he first came to acclaim (the last 1960s and 1970s) yet are timeless and very easy to wear now. This editorial from Playgirl, which is modeled by many of his close friends and models muses, shows the breadth of his designwork—from evening gowns to raincoats and chic skirt suits. Can I have one of everything???

All clothes by Stephen Burrows; photographed by Tracy for Playgirl, March 1974.

Classis elegance with a touch of "now." A two-piece suit revealing an ingenious feeling for line and shape. The jacket cut with a high collar and shirttail bottom. The skirt falls gently to mid calf. The fabric: polyester brushed chamois from Springfield Mills. $180.


The rain poncho in yards of camel with matching pants. It moves freely, tied together with Burrows's red signature stitch. The fabric: cotton and dacron blend. $180.


Every curve softly revealed in this pure silk wrap-top. The skirt flares easily, stopping on target at the bottom of the knee. $180.


Hang loose in a shiny red and black rain suit that "suitably" protects you from spring showers. The fabric: cotton and dacron blend. $180.




The cover-upa flowing chiffon poncho printed in tons of red, blue, and yellow, on black. Teamed with a body-outlining black jumpsuit in rayon matte jersey. $275.


Fashion '74 wrap-upthe simple, formal wrap-around gown. The silhouette is small at the shoulder and hugs the rib cage, the skirt swirled, slitted, and flounced. Pure elegance. The fabric: matte jersey. $240.


Body-skimming shaping and a long slit skirt in deep forest green matte jersey ($240) reveals a silken leg. The bold pink feather jacket ($400), fluff that dreams are made of.


Burrows creates court gowns boldly brushed with bodice stripes, the sculptured, sensual matte jersey melting into voluminous trains. For a fun fillip, giant "butterfly feelers" set into the wearer's coiffure. Made to order.

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