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Donor Reception: “Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love"

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Patrick Kelly and models posing with gold picture frames

Photograph by Oliviero Toscani / © Patrick Kelly Estate / Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Hamon Education Tower—9th Floor

Donors at the sponsor level and above and special guests are invited to an intimate reception in the Hamon Tower.

This reception is part of the opening day celebration for Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love. Opening day festivities will include family art making, prizes, a photo booth, and more. This reception will follow the opening day fashion panel in the Koret Auditorium. 

About the Exhibition

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love celebrates the meteoric rise and enduring legacy of Black fashion designer Patrick Kelly (1954–1990). During his brief yet impactful career in the late 1980s, Kelly became the first American and first Black designer to be voted into the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, the prestigious French association for ready-to-wear designers. Kelly was lauded with such accolades while being and remaining, one of only a few designers who directly addressed issues of race in their work.

COVID-19 Guidance:

Proof of full vaccination is required for all guests attending the reception. Please be prepared to provide one of the following acceptable forms of proof of vaccination along with a photo ID upon entry to the Hamon Tower: 

  • A copy, photo, or your original CDC vaccination card, which includes your name, the type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered, or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental jurisdiction

  • Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider

  • Your personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California which is available by going to or similar documentation issued by another state, local, or foreign governmental jurisdiction, or by an approved private company

  • Please note: a negative COVID-19 test in lieu of proof of vaccination will not be accepted 

Face coverings are required for staff and adult visitors at all times on museum premises (city-owned property). Masks may be temporarily removed for eating and drinking while seated in the museum or outdoors. Cleaning routines have been increased, and sanitizing stations are available throughout the de Young. Learn more about our rigorous health and safety measures.

Ticket Information

Invitations to this event are a benefit for exhibition sponsors, donors at the sponsor level and above, and special guests. Invitations will be mailed to current eligible donors. 

Interested in increasing your donation to attend? Call 415.750.3508 to join a dedicated group of art enthusiasts and begin enjoying all of the exclusive benefits of the Patrons Circle including insider access, compelling learning opportunities, special events with behind-the-scenes tours, VIP tickets, and invitations to travel with museum curators.


The Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love Opening Day Celebration is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Contact Information

Special Events
(415) 750-7648