Patrick Kelly | Designed To Last

Patrick Kelly (1955-1990) was viewed as an extraordinary fashion designer, known for his signature mixture of fun and chic feminine fashion designs. He mixed classic style with fanciful embellishments to create collections both timeless and of their time. His specialty was hand made, snug fitting designs primarily featuring buttons, his trademark embellishment. His first collection was shown in Paris in 1985, and he soon swept Paris, the Continent and the US. Within two years, his clientele included the likes of Madonna, Grace Jones, Jane Seymour, and Diana, Princess of Wales. He would also become the first and only American to be invited into the the tony Le Chambre Syndicale, the professional fashion institute whose exclusive membership includes the top 40 French fashion designers. Here we see examples of the actual works he designed and fabricated by hand, exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and now part of their permanent collection.

image Heart Strings Dress | Patrick Kelly 1988
image Black Bodysuit with Multi-color Embellishments and Headpiece | Patrick Kelly 1989
image Eiffel Tower Dress | Patrick Kelly 1989
image Black Dress with Star Embellishments | Patrick Kelly 1989
image Pink Ensemble with Button Details | Patrick Kelly 1989
image Silver Sequin Evening Gown | Patrick Kelly 1989
image Black and White Dress with Red Rose Details | Patrick Kelly 1989
image Black Dress with Large Heart Button Embellishments | Patrick Kelly 1988
image Black Dress with Basket Headpiece | Patrick Kelly Year Unknown
image Leather Ensemble with Eiffel Tower Headpiece | Patrick Kelly 1989
image Red Dress with Pearl Embellishments | Patrick Kelly 1988
image Black Dress with Bow Embellishments | Patrick Kelly 1988
image White and Red Ensemble with Watermelon Embellishments | Patrick Kelly 1986
image Red and Black Dress | Patrick Kelly 1988
image Gloves with Heart Button Embellishments | Patrick Kelly 1988
image Embellishment Details: Music | Patrick Kelly 1987
image Patrick Kelly Button | Patrick Kelly Year Unknown