Vintage 1980s | Leopard print acrylic | 2.5 inches interior diameter | 3.75 inches from outside edges | excellent vintage condition
Vicksburg, Mississippi-born Patrick Kelly (1954 - 1990) took the fashion world by storm in the 1980s when he debuted his vibrant, colorful designs, which he sent down a runway that more closely resembled a party. Kelly moved to Paris, where he became the first American member of the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter (the governing body of the prestigious French ready-to-wear industry).
"I want my clothes to make you smile," Patrick Kelly once said of his creations. Kelly was ahead of his time; the wit, whimsy, history, and humor with which he infused his designs in the 1980s and 1990s is unparalleled. Kelly adapted cultural stereotypes such as Mammies and Golliwogs into symbols of pride and self-identity.
Kelly's classic designs have been the focus of two retrospective exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum (2004) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2014). Collect it to display or wear, but it's certain that joy will ensue from Kelly's garments.