Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love (Hardcover)

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Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love (Hardcover)

By Laura L. Camerlengo, Dilys E. Blum, Sequoia Barnes (Contributions by), Darnell-Jamal Lisby (Contributions by), Eric Darnell Pritchard (Contributions by), André Leon Talley (Contributions by), madison moore (Contributions by)


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“I want my clothes to make you smile!”—Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly (1954–1990) was known for his bold, bright, and joyful fashion creations that resonated in the streets and nightclubs and on the runways of New York, Paris, and beyond. The first American and the first Black designer to be admitted to the governing body of the French fashion industry, Kelly boasted celebrity couture clients including Madonna, Cicely Tyson, and Gloria Steinem. His designs are distinguished by a combination of playful aesthetics and a willingness to brazenly foreground race and heritage and push cultural boundaries, including racial tropes like golliwogs, or Black baby dolls. 
Generously illustrated with hundreds of images of runway photography, garments on mannequins, and never-before-published archival materials, this book is an unprecedented exploration of Kelly’s influential career, which was tragically cut short by complications from AIDS. More than 80 of Kelly’s most beloved works are featured alongside thoughtful essays focusing on his work in relationship to French fashion, Queer identity, Black identity, and his exuberant runway shows. Also featured is a detailed timeline decorated with archival photographs and drawings, making this volume the definitive resource on Kelly’s life and work.
Laura L. Camerlengo is associate curator of costume and textile arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Product Details ISBN: 9780300260236
ISBN-10: 0300260237
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: November 9th, 2021
Pages: 200
Language: English