A much more complete treatment can be seen in the Stephen Sprouse article at Wikipedia.
Stephen Sprouse (September 12 1953 - March 4 2004) was a fashion designer and artist credited with pioneering the 1980s mix of "uptown sophistication in clothing with a downtown punk and pop sensibility" .
Sprouse's career in fashion design had extreme ups and downs, veering between exclusive and critically applauded fashion lines and complete bankruptcy.
He worked extensively with the band Duran Duran: he designed the clothes for their 1989 tour for the album Big Thing, as well as the covers for their 1989 greatest hits album Decade: Greatest Hits and their best-selling 1993 album Duran Duran (a.k.a. The Wedding Album). He also painted giant canvases that hung behind the band during their 1993 performance on the MTV Unplugged show.
He died at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City of heart failure, after a closely guarded diagnosis of lung cancer a year before. He was 50.
- Norwich, William. "New York Times, March 5, 2004 "Stephen Sprouse, Design Pioneer, Dies at 50" New York Times March 5, 2004.
- Obituary in Traverse City Record Eagle, his Michigan home town newspaper