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NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: Guests at Thursday night’s opening of the Stephen Burrows retrospective walked across a kaleidoscopic-colored carpet to enter the Museum of the City of New York. In keeping with the vibrant ensembles on view in the exhibit “When Fashion Danced,” Target, the exhibition’s sponsor, hung bright Burrows-designed hobo bags in the halls and made sure that partygoers’ Champagne flutes were topped off with fresh fruit.
A few hundred supporters stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the upper Fifth Avenue museum’s foyer and lined the spiral staircase of the Georgian revival building, when it was time for remarks from the MCNY president Susan Henshaw Jones and Target execs. All smiles greeting friends from his present and past, Burrows was more succinct. “I just want to thank everyone who has made this moment possible. I am just very honored to be honored,” he said.
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Diane von Furstenberg, Fran Liebowitz, Anna Sui, Catherine Malandrino, Roxanne Lowit, Tia Cibani and Jeffrey Banks were among those offering their congratulations. Upholding the model side of things were Iman, Bethann Hardison, Alva Chinn, Roshumba and Pat Cleveland. Wearing a Stephen Burrows purple jumpsuit and red shaggy jacket, Iman said she has never forgotten how the designer taught her to walk in heels. “He was one of the first designers who asked to see me. I knew nothing about how to walk. I had never worn heels, never mind walk in them,” she recalled with a laugh. “Stephen literally got on his knees to help me. He and Bethann Hardison are the Statue of Liberty to me. They were the most welcoming things to me when I first came to New York. I will always remember what they did.”