Inventive, enigmatic, and supremely creative, Stephen Sprouse (September 12, 1953 - March 4, 2004) made art and clothing that captured the mood of the '80s and '90s. One of the first American designers to mix graffiti and a punk aesthetic with fashion, Sprouse challenged conventional notions of style. His unique sensibility still influences fashion, music, advertising, and popular culture today.
Sprouse's career started in the late '70s, when, after working for Halston, he migrated to a warehouse on the Bowery and started making outfits for his neighbor, Debbie Harry to wear onstage. The fashion world quickly embraced his innovative, culturally relevant sensibility and downtown edge. But Sprouse's inability to compromise his artistic vision for the rigid fashion business compromised his commercial success, and his career was ultimately cut short by his tragic death in 2004, at the age of 50.
Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha have worked closely with Stephen Sprouse's family and friends to create this exceptional monograph, which includes never-before-published images; sketches, photographs and other material from the Sprouse Archives; and interviews with his friends from the art, fashion, and music worlds.
Interviews with: Marc Jacobs, Debbie Harry, Teri Toye, Polly Mellen, Tama Janowitz, Chris Stein, Anna Sui, Kate Moss, Iggy Pop, Baby Jane Holzer, Elizabeth Saltzman, Andre Balazs and many others.
Photographs and artwork by: Andy Warhol, Francesco Scavullo, Steven Meisel, Patrick DeMarchelier, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Mert and Marcus Alas, Raymond Meier, Greg Gorman, Bob Gruen, Roxanne Lowitt, Max Vadukul and many more!