STEPHEN BURROWS:
WHEN FASHION DANCED

The installation of Stephen Burrows’ clothing is centered around a series of spatial volumes each related to a theme of his clothing design – silhouette, color, and movement as well as a fourth area dedicated to signature details that have occurred in his aesthetic throughout his career. In the upper zone of the room, a dense series of lineal, shear, fabric panels form a cloud into which are carved vaults of space for lighting. As the layers pull back from the ceiling plane, the staggered edges create dramatic overlapping readings and a chiaroscuro affect against the lights. Below, the bold colors of the dresses are highlighted against this white palette. Oval plinths appear ephemeral under fragmented reflections from their glass aggregate surfaces. Perimeter walls are articulated with playfully disposed large overlapping circles at times filled with photographic images. This 70s era motif works the ceiling sculpture, the platforms and graphics to complement Burrows’ work and create an environment of dazzle and intensity that brings to mind the disco world in which he worked.

This exhibit was particularly challenging given that it called for a dramatic architectural solution, yet, as a temporary museum installation it also had to be removable, light on the existing finishes, and economical.

As the layers pull back from the ceiling plane, the staggered edges create dramatic overlapping readings and a chiaroscuro effect against the lights.