💘hip hop’s biggest influence since world class wreckin’ crew, nwa, death row records, solo career, aftermath, signing eminem, and turning out to be a legend of hip hop, a rapper, a producer, a dj, a family man, we’re all thankful to have you, long live man💘
For Black History Month✊🏽I will be highlighting Black Fashion Designers who’ve paved the way for all the aspiring, new and vetted black designers all across the world! 🌎
Patrick Kelly (September 24, 1954 – January 1, 1990) was a celebrity-favorite designer known for his bright, flamboyant, and bold looks that included racially charged images such as the golliwog. Kelly was also an advocate for models of color like Naomi Campbell, Iman, and Grace Jones. Mr. Kelly got his break into the industry working in Atlanta as an unpaid window dresser for Yves Saint Laurent. He eventually moved to New York where his career remained stagnant. However, his talents did not go unnoticed. He received personal sponsorship by the chairman at the fashion house to travel to Paris to create his own label, Patrick Kelly Paris.
In 1988, Patrick Kelly became not only the first American but the First Black person to be admitted to the prestigious Chambre syndicale du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode, a French organization which governed the fashion trade in France.
Kelly sought inclusiveness in the clothes he designed, telling People Magazine in 1987, "I design for fat women, skinny women, all kinds of women. My message is, you're beautiful just the way you are." 🙌🏾