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The pioneering fashion designer Stephen Burrows shared this (circa 1970s) photo on his Facebook fan page under the simple caption, “Vintage Me.” I am sharing because he is a VBG legend.
Pat Cleveland being fitted by designer Stephen Burrows in his East Village studio in April 1971. Burrows was a newly rising star in fashion at this time, especially after the opening of his boutique, “Stephen Burrows World” in Henri Bendel
in New York. The daughter of a jazz musician and the celebrated painter, Lady Bird Cleveland, Pat had already traveled with Ebony Fashion Fair and was in the beginning stages of her legendary runway career (the groundbreaking fashion show featuring Black models in Versailles show was two years away). Photo: Pierre Scherman/Conde Nast Archives/Corbis.
Model Bethann Hardison and designer Stephen Burrows at the opening party for Tommy, March 1975.
For those of you who may only know her for being Kadeem Hardison’s mother - Bethann Hardison has been an important force in the fashion industry for many years. She started out as a model in the 1960s and eventually started her own modeling agency, Bethann Management, where she put Tyson Beckford on the map and cultivated many other models who went on to big careers. Recently, she cast the models for the now legendary “Black Issue” of Italian Vogue.
Stephen Burrows and Oscar de la Renta hosted a luncheon on January 24, 2011 to toast the models who led them to victory at the famous showdown at the Palace of Versailles in 1973.
Pictured above: Amina Warsuma, Norma Jean Darden, Pat Cleveland, Stephen Burrows, Charlene Dash, Alva Chin, China Machado, Billie Blair and Bethann Hardison
Photo by Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com via WWD
Actually, this is Pat Cleveland being fitted by Stephen Burrows in his East Village studio in 1971. Not exactly sure of the date of the first picture, but it’s in the same timeframe.
Pat Cleveland being fitted by Stephen Burrows.
Pat Cleveland was among the models and Stephen Burrows was one of the designers featured in the groundbreaking fashion show in Versailles on November 28, 1973.
Black Models Celebrated as Runway Revolutionaries (audio via NPR)