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Patrick Kelly Museum Exhibited Bandana Skirted Stretch Jumpsuit, 1989


This jumpsuit along with the Patrick Kelly dress just listed, were listed in the shop previously before they were pulled and lent out for the "Politics of Fashion" 2014 -2015 Exhibit at the Toronto Design Exchange. They have been in my archive since and I am now releasing both. Both are from 1989 and the museum dated this one for the exhibit. This has always been a favorite piece and for me exemplifies Patrick Kelly and his work. Patrick Kelly was known for his wit and quirky designs and this particular piece is one of the more unique pieces that I have seen. I feel like it is a play on the famous 'banana' set he did in celebration of Josephine Baker. It has those sale lines but this time is a play on the West. The contrast of the extremely fitted body suit with the drama of the red bandana's circling the hips is wonderful. The volume this creates and the sexiness and sass when you move is fabulous. I love the extra little detail he used in securing each of them to the jumpsuit underneath. Every bandana is attached with an acrylic heart shaped button. A signature of his. The actual jumpsuit is made from a ribbed stretch jersey. The front is slightly scooped at the neck and at the back it has a similar scoop that is cut far deeper. Each leg is cropped to end just below the knee. It is a rare piece from a great American designer. Museum quality and highly collectible. Excellent condition Unlined and slips on to wear. The fabric has lots of stretch so will fit a variety of sizes. Bust: 15-19" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 12-15" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: 14-17" flat across from side seam to side seam Total length: 42" from shoulder seam to bottom hem Inseam: 18" Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED Reference Photos: from the "Politics of Fashion" 2014-2015 Exhibit at the Toronto Design Exchange. This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.


  • Designer
  • Brand
    Patrick Kelly
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent. Expand description above for full measurements..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Bust
    19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Waist
    15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Hip
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Shoulder to Hem
    42 in. (106.68 cm)
  • Inseam
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD2960
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