Patrick Kelly Baby Doll Pins

Fashion designer Patrick Kelly generated controversy when he created a lapel pin featuring Black babydolls that some found offensive. Patrick & volunteers would sit in the studio adding pins and accessories to tons of these dime-store plastic baby dolls to give as gifts. As Kelly once remarked:

Somebody Black told me they were harassed about wearing the Black babydoll pin. And I thought, you can wear a machine gun or a camouflage war outfit and people think it’s so chic, but you put a little Black baby pin on and people attack you.

'I don’t know if the N.A.A.C.P. would like my dolls'—the organization didn’t, and took objection to the golliwog logo on his label and shopping bags—'but they give me pleasure.'

The pins became his trademark; Kelly himself gave these three to a department store buyer. 

3.5 × 1 7/8 × 1.25 inches (8.9 × 4.8 × 3.2 cm)

 

Patrick Kelly Baby Doll Pins

$150.00
Patrick Kelly Baby Doll Pins Patrick Kelly Baby Doll Pins Patrick Kelly Baby Doll Pins Patrick Kelly Baby Doll Pins Patrick Kelly Baby Doll Pins
Patrick Kelly Baby Doll Pins Patrick Kelly Baby Doll Pins Patrick Kelly Baby Doll Pins Patrick Kelly Baby Doll Pins Patrick Kelly Baby Doll Pins

Patrick Kelly Baby Doll Pins

$150.00
$150.00

Fashion designer Patrick Kelly generated controversy when he created a lapel pin featuring Black babydolls that some found offensive. Patrick & volunteers would sit in the studio adding pins and accessories to tons of these dime-store plastic baby dolls to give as gifts. As Kelly once remarked:

Somebody Black told me they were harassed about wearing the Black babydoll pin. And I thought, you can wear a machine gun or a camouflage war outfit and people think it’s so chic, but you put a little Black baby pin on and people attack you.

'I don’t know if the N.A.A.C.P. would like my dolls'—the organization didn’t, and took objection to the golliwog logo on his label and shopping bags—'but they give me pleasure.'

The pins became his trademark; Kelly himself gave these three to a department store buyer. 

3.5 × 1 7/8 × 1.25 inches (8.9 × 4.8 × 3.2 cm)