Patrick Kelly

I never knew much about this designer until today, and fell in love with what I saw…I have seen his influence everywhere.  Patrick Kelly, was an American fashion designer, who became successful from the mid to late ’80’s, from selling dresses on the street to having them sell at stores such as Henri Bendel, Bloomingdale’s, and Bergdorf Goodman, and celebrities Cicely Tyson, Bette Davis, Grace Jones, and Isabella Rosellini were among his clients.  His collections were fun and quirky, the style was form fitting and heavily embellished, using buttons, ribbons, or found objects. These collections were only produced from 1985 until his death from AIDS in 1990,  in 2004 there was a  retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum.  Designer Jeremy Scott pays homage to Kelly’s designs in his Fall/Winter 2010 collection.

Also  check out Mr. Peacock’s blog, which features an awesome DIY tribute project to Patrick Kelly.

Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly Dress
Patrick Kelly Dress
Patrick Kelly baby doll pin
the designer with his models
the designer and his models with logo bags
Jeremy Scott
Jeremy Scott


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2 thoughts on “Patrick Kelly

  1. Great post! I knew that Patrick Kelly had a licensing deal with Vogue patterns during the late 1980s and early 1990s, but that’s all I knew of him before this. I didn’t realize he had such a DIY aesthetic. Very cool that he was self-taught too!

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