An Iconic ’70s Designer Plots His Kickstarter-Assisted Comeback

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Like his contemporary Halston, Stephen Burrows is synonymous with the swinging-’70s, Studio 54 aesthetic. The 71-year-old designer, who was one of the stars of 1973's Battle of Versailles, has been off the radar for a bit, not having shown for four years, but the New York Times reports that he is turning to a Kickstarter campaign to fund his comeback. (Other big-name designers who have gone this route recently include Patrick Robinson and Maria Pinto, according to the piece.) “My last collection was financed by rich friends,” Burrows told the paper. “I pitched my model to numerous investors, but this time no one stepped up. It did and didn’t surprise me. Fashion is a difficult business. Taxing. Tedious.” And if his Kickstarter page (where, as of this writing, he had made it to $9,400 of his $300,000 goal) doesn't pan out? "I’m sure I’ll think of something,” the ever-resourceful Burrows said.