Fashion

Patrick Kelly (1954 - 1990)

The Paris-based American designer created colourful, fun and whimsical garments with large, coloured trademark buttons. An Afro-American, he also addressed cultural and racial issues and was distinguished as the first American and person of colour to be admitted as a member of the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt à Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, in 1988.

Grace Jones in Patrick Kelly Ensemble, photographed by Jean-Claude Sauer for Paris Match, late 1980s
Grace Jones in Patrick Kelly Ensemble, photographed by Jean-Claude Sauer for Paris Match, late 1980s
Patrick Kelly, Brooch, late 1980s, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly, Brooch, late 1980s, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly, ca. 1989
Patrick Kelly, ca. 1989
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Spring/Summer 1988 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Spring/Summer 1988 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly, Dress, photographed by Bernard Weil, 1988
Patrick Kelly, Dress, photographed by Bernard Weil, 1988
Pat Cleveland for Patrick Kelly Fashion Show, photographed by Paul Van Ravenstein, Fall/Winter 1986
Pat Cleveland for Patrick Kelly Fashion Show, photographed by Paul Van Ravenstein, Fall/Winter 1986
Invitation to Patrick Kelly Spring/Summer 1989 Fashion Show

Invitation to Patrick Kelly Spring/Summer 1989 Fashion Show

Patrick Kelly, Dress, photographed by Kei Ogata for Mademoiselle, 1987
Patrick Kelly, Dress, photographed by Kei Ogata for Mademoiselle, 1987
Patrick Kelly, Dresses, in ELLE, 1985
Patrick Kelly, Dresses, in ELLE, 1985
Grace Jones for Patrick Kelly Fashion Show, photographed by Pierre Vauthey, Spring/Summer 1989
Grace Jones for Patrick Kelly Fashion Show, photographed by Pierre Vauthey, Spring/Summer 1989
Patrick Kelly, Cape, late 1980s, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Patrick Kelly, Cape, late 1980s, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Spring/Summer 1989 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Spring/Summer 1989 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly, Dress (detail), Fall/Winter 1986, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Patrick Kelly, Dress (detail), Fall/Winter 1986, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Patrick Kelly, late 1980s
Patrick Kelly, late 1980s
Madonna in Patrick Kelly Dress, in Vogue, 1989
Madonna in Patrick Kelly Dress, in Vogue, 1989
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Fall/Winter 1988 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Fall/Winter 1988 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly Fashion Show, photographed by Pierre Vauthey, Fall/Winter 1989
Patrick Kelly Fashion Show, photographed by Pierre Vauthey, Fall/Winter 1989
Patrick Kelly, Gloves, 1988, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly, Gloves, 1988, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly for his Fall/Winter 1989 Fashion Show
Patrick Kelly for his Fall/Winter 1989 Fashion Show
Patrick Kelly, Ensemble, Fall/Winter 1989, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly, Ensemble, Fall/Winter 1989, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Fall/Winter 1988 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Fall/Winter 1988 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly by Gilles Decamps, ca. 1988
Patrick Kelly by Gilles Decamps, ca. 1988
Patrick Kelly, Ensemble, Fall/Winter 1988, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly, Ensemble, Fall/Winter 1988, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly and Janet Chandler, ca. 1985
Patrick Kelly and Janet Chandler, ca. 1985
Patrick Kelly, Dress (detail), Fall/Winter 1986
Patrick Kelly, Dress (detail), Fall/Winter 1986
Patrick Kelly and friends, ca. 1988
Patrick Kelly and friends, ca. 1988
Patrick Kelly, Dress (detail), 1986
Patrick Kelly, Dress (detail), 1986
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Spring/Summer 1989 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Spring/Summer 1989 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly and models, photographed by Julio Donoso, 1987
Patrick Kelly and models, photographed by Julio Donoso, 1987
Patrick Kelly by Oliviero Toscani, ca. 1988
Patrick Kelly by Oliviero Toscani, ca. 1988
Patrick Kelly, Dress and Gloves, Fall/Winter 1988, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly, Dress and Gloves, Fall/Winter 1988, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Spring/Summer 1988, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Spring/Summer 1988, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly, Top, photographed by Christopher Micaud, 1989
Patrick Kelly, Top, photographed by Christopher Micaud, 1989
Robin Givens in Patrick Kelly Jacket, photographed by Marco Glaviano for Harper’s Bazaar, 1988
Robin Givens in Patrick Kelly Jacket, photographed by Marco Glaviano for Harper’s Bazaar, 1988
Patrick Kelly, Ensemble, Spring/Summer 1989, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly, Ensemble, Spring/Summer 1989, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Spring/Summer 1988 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Spring/Summer 1988 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly and Bette Davis, ca. 1989
Patrick Kelly and Bette Davis, ca. 1989
Patrick Kelly and models displaying, 1988
Patrick Kelly and models displaying, 1988
Patrick Kelly, Dress, 1989, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly, Dress, 1989, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Fall/Winter 1988 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Fall/Winter 1988 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly, Coat and Scarf, Fall/Winter 1986
Patrick Kelly, Coat and Scarf, Fall/Winter 1986
Patrick Kelly, Dresses, photographed by Gianpaolo Barbieri for Harper’s Bazaar, 1986
Patrick Kelly, Dresses, photographed by Gianpaolo Barbieri for Harper’s Bazaar, 1986
Patrick Kelly, Brooch, 1988
Patrick Kelly, Brooch, 1988
Patrick Kelly, Ensemble, Spring/Summer 1988, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly, Ensemble, Spring/Summer 1988, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Fall/Winter 1989 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly and models displaying the Fall/Winter 1989 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani
Patrick Kelly, Strapless Dress, 1987, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly, Strapless Dress, 1987, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly at backstage of his fashion show, 1987
Patrick Kelly at backstage of his fashion show, 1987
Patrick Kelly and models, in Good Morning America Taping, 1986
Patrick Kelly and models, in Good Morning America Taping, 1986
Patrick Kelly, Brooch, 1980s
Patrick Kelly, Brooch, 1980s
Patrick Kelly, Ensemble, Fall/Winter 1989, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly, Ensemble, Fall/Winter 1989, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly Fashion Show, Fall/Winter 1989
Patrick Kelly Fashion Show, Fall/Winter 1989
Patrick Kelly, Sketch, Fall/Winter 1987
Patrick Kelly, Sketch, Fall/Winter 1987
Patrick Kelly, Ensemble, Spring/Summer 1988
Patrick Kelly, Ensemble, Spring/Summer 1988
Patrick Kelly, Bra Top and Banana Skirt, Fall/Winter 1986, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly, Bra Top and Banana Skirt, Fall/Winter 1986, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Patrick Kelly, Dress (detail), 1986
Patrick Kelly, Dress (detail), 1986
Patrick Kelly, Iman, Grace Jones and Naomi Campbell by Roxanne Lowit, 1989
Patrick Kelly, Iman, Grace Jones and Naomi Campbell by Roxanne Lowit, 1989
Patrick Kelly, Dress, Fall/Winter 1987
Patrick Kelly, Dress, Fall/Winter 1987
Patrick Kelly, Dress, Spring/Summer 1989
Patrick Kelly, Dress, Spring/Summer 1989
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