NEW YORK — Details of funeral services for Stephen Sprouse, who died Thursday morning of heart failure, were still unconfirmed Sunday. A memorial service will be held at a later date, according to a spokeswoman for the late designer.

The designer died at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center at the age of 50, according to his mother, Joanne Sprouse. He had just returned Tuesday from Buenos Aires.

Sprouse burst onto the fashion scene in the early Eighties with his Sixties-inspired graffiti prints and neon miniskirts. In 1983, he opened his business with $1.4 million from his family. Retailers, rock stars and the press loved his subversive downtown look, and in 1984 he won a CFDA award for “his energy and use of intense color.” But Sprouse always combined his fashion career with his other interests in music and art. “I want to make this work, so I can support my videos and music,” he told WWD in February 1984. “I got an electric guitar with my first sequin dress payment.”

Only a year later, though, his business tanked. “It happened so fast. I was in my own little vacuum. I trusted everyone, and then a wall went up,” he said at the time. By 1987, he was back, with his own SoHo shop, and a wealthy business partner, Andrew Cogan. Just over a year later, everything fell apart again.

Over the next several years, Sprouse kept busy designing album covers and doing art shows, serving as creative consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, gaining the rights to use Andy Warhol’s work for apparel, designing a collection for Barneys New York and, in 1997, rejoining New York Fashion Week for a couple of seasons with a signature collection manufactured and distributed by Staff International. But his collaboration with Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton in 2000 really made the fashion crowd take notice. The graffiti logo bags he designed were an instant hit. “I’m more into the present, but I guess the Eighties are the present now. This stuff looks more ‘now’ to me,” Sprouse said in describing the classic LV monogram luggage and handbags he designed in collaboration with Marc Jacobs.Sprouse’s impact at Vuitton was so strong that the company dedicated its runway show on Sunday to him. In the program notes, Vuitton said the show was “in loving memory of our friend, Stephen Sprouse.”

IMG hired Sprouse in 2001 to design the facade of the 7th on Sixth Bryant Park tents that incorporated the Day-Glo graffiti he had recently popularized on Vuitton accessories with 3-D graphics. In 2002, Target introduced Sprouse-designed wares with an Americana theme — everything from swimsuits to skateboards — heavy on stars and stripes. As Sprouse said at the launch: “I really like high fashion and mass [merchandise] and in a funny way, they’re similar. You can have a lot of freedom at the expensive level and also at the teenage level because they look good in everything. It’s the middle ground I’m not that interested in.”

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