Studied at the Philadelphia College of Art and FIT. Stylist for Henry Bendel before opening his business in 1973. Known for his use of wild color and pattern, knitwear and 'lettuce-edged' fabric, his heyday was the disco era, centered in New York. Much publicity centered on his being African American. From 1982 to 2002, he was seldom in the news, but as of 2010, he is regularly presenting collections again.