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Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love

Generously illustrated with hundreds of images of runway photography, garments on mannequins, and never-before-published archival materials,Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love 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. Hardcover, 256 pages.

 
The exhibitionPatrick Kelly: Runway of Love celebrates the career and legacy of Black fashion designer Patrick Kelly (1954–1990). First presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2014, the exhibition at the de Young museum presents eighty fully accessorized ensembles, dating from 1984 to 1990, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's archive of Kelly’s work, as well as new acquisitions from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent costume collection. Kelly drew upon memories of his childhood in the United States South, his Black heritage, his experiences in the club and gay cultural scenes in New York and Paris, and muses from fashion, art, and Black histories to create light-hearted yet sophisticated designs that pushed racial and cultural boundaries. The exhibition and catalogue situates Kelly and his work in the broader context of these histories by exploring the inspirations behind his designs, his significant collection of racist memorabilia (whose images he wrested to tell his own story of being Black in the world), and experiences from his exuberant and groundbreaking fashion shows.

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