Patrick Kelly Runway of Love

March 14, 2022

The NorcalMLK Foundation is excited to partner with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s de Young Museum in offering free exhibition tickets to Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love.

This exhibition celebrates the career and legacy of Black fashion designer Patrick Kelly (1954–1990). First presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2014, the exhibition presents seventy-nine fully accessorized ensembles, dating from 1984 to 1990, from the Philadelphia Museum’s archive of Kelly’s work, to new acquisitions from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s costume collection. Kelly drew upon his childhood in the United States South, his African American heritage, his experiences in the club and gay cultural scenes in New York and Paris, and muses from fashion, art, and Black history to create light-hearted yet sophisticated designs that pushed racial and cultural boundaries. The exhibition situates Kelly and his work in the broader context of art and fashion history by exploring the inspirations behind his designs, his significant collection of racist memorabilia (whose images he wrested to tell his own story), and footage from his exuberant and groundbreaking fashion shows.

The code MLK2022 can be used onsite for free admission through April 17. Each transaction is limited to 4 tickets.

Enjoy this documentary on the fashion of Patrick Kelly.