(September 12, 1953 - March 4, 2004)
S.Sprouse was a fashion designer, artist, and photographer credited with pioneering the 1980s mix of uptown sophistication in clothing with a downtown punk and pop sensibility. His first two collections (1983 and 1984) were huge hits, but he was out of business from 1985 to 1987. In 1987, he opened shops in New York and Los Angeles, but he lacked financial backing and closed down again from 1988 to 1992. Despite such ups and downs, Sprouse's talent was so admired that his designs continued to fetch high prices in vintage stores long after he stopped producing the clothes. He started his career when he was 9, then at age of 14 Stephen Sprouse interned with Bill Blass. At 18, he was Halston’s right hand. He traipsed through the eighties with Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol, brokering the marriage between art, rock, and fashion. But he never made it from cult figure to the legend he might have been.