stephen burrows is the first african american fashion designer to achieve international acclaim. after graduating from the fashion institution of technology in 1966. burrows began making clothing for the o boutique, opposite max's kansas city in new york. stephen's window displays literally stopped traffic, and the young designer was soon besieged with orders. with friend roz rubenstein, he launched a ready-to-wear collection for bonwit teller in 1969. later that year joel schumacher, henri bendel's visual director (now film director), introduced burrows to bendel's legendary fashion director geraldine stutz and he was hired on the spot.
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