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Pratt Institute honors Stephen Burrows and Byron Lars

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Actress and producer Angela Bassett, and supermodel Pat Cleveland honored fashion designers Stephen Burrows and Byron Lars during the 115th annual Pratt Institute student fashion show. The event took place at Center548, located at 548 West 22nd Street in New York City. Ms. Bassett, an acclaimed Hollywood actress and producer presented Mr. Lars the Pratt Fashion Visionary Award. Ms. Cleveland presented Mr. Burrows the Pratt Fashion Award for Lifetime Achievement. Both designers are featured in Pratt's Black Dress: Ten Contemporary Fashion Designers exhibition, a group show, which recently closed, that celebrated the creativity and entrepreneurship of black designers.

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Stephen Burrows was the first African-American recipient of the American fashion critic's Coty Award in 1973, when he won for womenswear. He then went onto win a Coty Special Award for lingerie in 1974, and womenswear in 1977. Mr. Burrows is recognized as the creator of fluttery hem referred to as "lettuce edge". His bright, colorful clothes have been worn by high-profile clientele such as Cher, Diana Ross, Jerry Hall, and his long-time muse Pat Cleveland.

Byron Lars is the renowned designer and founder of womenswear line Bryon Lars Beauty Mark. Some of his customers include First Lady Michelle Obama, Angela Bassett, Taylor Swift, Natalie Portman and others.

The 2014 student fashion titled "Under Construction", featured works 170 outfits by twenty-one of the graduating design students from the school's Fashion Department. Graduating student Julia Wollner, received the Liz Claiborne Award - Concept to Product at the conclusion of the runway show by the Department of Fashion Chair Jennifer Minniti. The $25,000 award, funded by the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation, will support Wollner’s creative entrepreneurial activities and help cover the costs of developing a collection post graduation. Julia Wollner’s thesis collection is a response to Bell’s palsy, a condition she was diagnosed with a year and half ago that paralyzed half of her face. She created abstract prints from photos of her face from before and after, and further tells her story through her use of materials and silhouette.

Please click on link to view the full Pratt Institute 2014 runway show.

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