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Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
at the Perelman Building

First retrospective for the influential 1980s designer

Patrick Kelly

The designs of Patrick Kelly. Credit: romised gift of Bjorn Guil Amelan and Bill T. Jones


April 27–November 30, 2014


On display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love highlights 80 fully accessorized ensembles by American-born, Paris-based fashion designer Patrick Kelly.

The first exhibition to showcase Kelly’s head-to-toe fashion ensembles, the retrospective exhibit also features selections from his extensive collection of black memorabilia, fashion photographs and videos of the designer’s lively fashion shows.

Gaining popularity in the 1980s, Kelly’s bold and bright designs were worn by women of every age, including actress Bette Davis and singer Vanessa Williams.

Born in Mississippi, Kelly’s designs were inspired by the women he saw dressed up in their Sunday best. After becoming the first American and black designer to be voted into the prestigious Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, he took Paris by storm when he presented his ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 1989 collection in the tents at the Musée du Louvre.

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love is organized into six sections, beginning with Kelly’s 1983–84 collection and continuing through his final Fall/Winter 1989–90 collection.

Hours and Tickets

The Perelman Building is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission to both the Perelman Building and Rodin Museum is included with general admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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