Burrows, Stephen; lime green polyester georgette top and pants


Lime green multi-layered polyester top and slacks evening or hostess wear; triple layer of lime green georgette for top and pants.
a. Top
Scoop neckline, front and back finished with self fabric bias and topstitched with red machine zig-zag one-quarter inch wide - long raglan sleeves - one layer of georgette; elastic casing at wrist edge, casing finished with narrow machine stitched zig-zag stitch in red - top hang loosely from neckline with curved edges at side hems; top layer 2" shorter than bottom layer; middle layer hangs between two lengths; machine rolled hem edge on each layer finished with narrow red zig-zag stitch.
b. Pants
Triple layer of polyester with top layer 1.5" shorter than bottom layer; middle layer hangs between lengths; hem finish is machine rolled hem on each layer in narrow red zig-zag stitch - self fabric elastic waistline casing stitched/finished with wide (1/4") red machine zig-zag stitch. - french seam used on seams of bottom/inside layer of pants; top two layers of polyester stitched together (handled as one) at side seams.






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Burrows, Stephen

Stephen Burrows was born in New Jersey in 1943. He is most known for his use of stretch fabrics, creating soft and stretchy garments that were intended to be worn without any undergarments. He often finished his hems withzig zag edging, usually in red thread. While initially a mistake, this creates a curling hem or “lettuce effect” that has become his signature. In 1973, Burrows was one of the five American designers, and only African-American designer, invited to participate in the “Battle of Versailles” fashion show, a spectacular competition between American and French designers .Also in 1973, Burrows became the first Black designer to win a Coty award, and subsequently won the award again in 1974 and 1977.

Fiber/Fabric Information

polyester georgette




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