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1989 Patrick Kelly Cocktail Dress


In 1988 a young Patrick Kelly took Paris by storm; becoming the first American and first person of colour to be admitted as a member of the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturierset des Createurs de Mode (the governing body of the prestigious French ready-to-wear industry). He joined the ranks of such famous designers as Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld and Christian Lacroix. One privilege of being a member of this elite group was the opportunity to present a show at the Louvre Palace. In 1985 his skinny body conscious designs were featured in the February edition of French Elle. Kelly’s first show at the Louvre was a spoof on the Mona Lisa. He died on New Year’s Day 1990 at the young age of 35. This cocktail dress in leopard print cotton is strapless, form fitting and features centre front corset lacing. It is in excellent condition and is labeled "Patrick Kelly Paris” In April 2014 the Philadelphia Museum of Art featured 80 examples of Kelly’s work in their Runway of Love Exhibition which ran until December 2014. An identical dress to this one was featured in this exhibition.


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  • Condition
    Good. Bust is 34” - 36".
  • Dimensions

    D 33 in. x L 33 in.

    D 83.82 cm x L 83.82 cm

  • Bust
    34 in. (86.36 cm)
  • Waist
    27 in. (68.58 cm)
  • Hip
    38 in. (96.52 cm)
  • Length
    33 in. (83.82 cm)
  • Seller location
    Palm Beach, FL
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