Stephen Burrows has been away from the fashion industry for four years, but he hopes to finally put an end to his hiatus. According to the New York Times, the designer, who found popularity during the 1970s Studio 54 scene, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help launch his next collection.
“My last collection was financed by rich friends,” Burrows said. “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.”
Burrows lists out his hopes for a new collection, materials to create his designs and a new studio space for his fashion line.
“Today the business of fashion has changed dramatically,” his campaign page states. “There is no fashion without finance. My business model has been pitched to a host of investors to no avail. Challenged by limited access to capital I was encouraged to create a Kickstarter Campaign to launch 'Stephen Burrows Now!' a legacy collection featuring the best of Burrows to the global fashion community. The funds raised on will enable me to rent space for a design studio/showroom, to purchase fabric and produce a ready to wear line. Create e-commerce and mobile commerce sites. It is my passion to custom design red carpet originals for rising stars and icons in music, fashion and entertainment.”
Unfortunately, his Kickstarter fundraising campaign isn’t getting much traction either. His goal is to raise $300,000, but has only raised $10,945 and the campaign ends June 6. If he doesn’t raise the full amount by then, he forfeits receiving any of the money people have donated to his cause.
"I’m sure I’ll think of something,” Burrows said about his plans to continue marching if this fundraiser doesn’t pan out.
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