Patrick Kelly Collection

Designer Patrick Kelly (1954 - 1990) took the fashion world by storm in the 1980s when he debuted his vibrant, colorful designs, which he sent down a runway that more closely resembled a party. Kelly moved to Paris, where he became the first American member of the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter (the governing body of the prestigious French ready-to-wear industry). 

Ahead of his time, the Mississippi-born Kelly adapted cultural stereotypes such as Mammies and Golliwogs into symbols of pride and self-identity.

Kelly's classic designs have been the focus of two retrospective exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum (2004) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2014). 

Products

Patrick Kelly Charcoal Gray Contrast Lapel Suit
Sharp, stylish Patrick Kelly charcoal gray suit with contrast top stitching and fully lined. Jacket has asymmetrical collar (one side notched, the other is shawl) and light shoulder pads and three silver ball button closures; pencil skirt with back zip closures. Even...
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Patrick Kelly Leopard Print Bustier
"I want my clothes to make you smile," the late, Mississippi-born designer Patrick Kelly once said of his creations. Kelly was ahead of his time; the wit, whimsy, history, and humor with which he infused his designs in the 1980s...
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Patrick Kelly Double-Breasted Jacket with Roses
"I want my clothes to make you smile," the late, Mississippi-born designer Patrick Kelly once said of his creations. Kelly was ahead of his time; the wit, whimsy, history, and humor with which he infused his designs in the 1980s...
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Patrick Kelly Atelier Velvet and Feather Gloves
From the Atelier of Patrick Kelly-Paris, though without labels. Stretchy velvet with ostrich and maribou feathers in yellow and black. It looks like they had buttons at the wrists, but have been closed by hand and the buttons removed. Fit small...
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Patrick Kelly Paris African Wooden Face Pin/Brooch, 1989
"Reine Pokou" (a reference to the kingdom of Baoulé) was Mickaël Kra's first jewelry collection and was featured in Patrick Kelly's Spring 1989 collection.  This is from the private collection of Kelly's lifelong friend & model, Carol Martin. Martin modeled in the Patrick...
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