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Patrick Kelly: A Legacy of Love / Bay Area Black Creatives on Patrick Kelly's Influence

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Photograph by Oliviero Toscani. Courtesy of the Estate of Patrick Kelly. Scan by Randy Dodson / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Koret Auditorium

"What does Patrick Kelly's work mean to you?" ReLove brings together Bay Area Black designers, business owners, and creatives in this thought-provoking conversation about Patrick Kelly and his impact on the mission of the San Francisco-based collective and its work today in the community. This panel will feature Delila Hailechristos, Mattie Loyce, Ramekon O'Arwisters, and George McCalman.

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This program is in support of the exhibition Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, honoring the life and legacy of fashion designer Patrick Kelly.

About the Speakers

Delila Hailechristos is the founder of ReLove, a sustainable fashion resale boutique which opened in 2014. Since its inception, ReLove is a space that celebrates art, community, diversity, and inclusion in fashion. Delila, an immigrant raised in Ethiopia, founded the business to share her passion of curated resale as an alternative to the destructive industry of mass fashion. Sustainability is at the heart of her work at ReLove. Delila is a leading voice in the sustainability conversation and has led talks and panels on the topic. As one of only a handful of Black-owned fashion businesses in San Francisco, ReLove has emerged as a poignant advocate that champions visibility for black creatives. Under Delila's direction ReLove has worked and collaborated with countless Black artists, photographers, stylists, models, musicians and business owners from across the US. 

Mattie Loyce is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and community advocate originally from and currently based in San Francisco, CA. Critically engaging socio-political content, and encouraging empowerment through decolonial transformative justice are key to her community work and socially engaged artist practice. Throughout her career she has made a commitment to amplifying the voices and supporting the lives of people with marginalized identities, specifically people and artists of the African diaspora, queer people and people of color.

Ramekon O'Arwisters is the founder of Crochet Jam, a community arts project infused with folk art traditions that foster a creative culture in cooperative relationships. He was born in Kernersville, North Carolina and earned a MDiv from Duke University Divinity School in 1986. He was an artist-in-residence at the de Young museum, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Vermont Studio Center. He received the 2014 Eureka Fellowship, awarded by the Fleishhacker Foundation in San Francisco, and a Pollock-Krasner foundation grant in 2021. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, 7×7 Magazine, Artnet, San Francisco Examiner, and Brian Boucher’s Daily Dispatch. 

George McCalman was raised in Brooklyn and received his BFA in philosophy at St. John’s in Queens, NY, which inform his design principles to this day. He credits his Caribbean background for his unique ability to both embrace and rebel against traditional modes of design, enabling a brand to simultaneously integrate and stand out in its industry. After fourteen years as a leading art director in the magazine industry, George McCalman opened the doors to MCCALMAN.CO in 2011. Working at highly respected national magazines like ReadyMade, Mother Jones, and Entertainment Weekly, McCalman amassed numerous design awards throughout his career. His editorial background gives him a unique perspective on commercial branding.

About the Exhibition

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.

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Ticket Information

All programs are free and open to the public. No additional ticket purchase is required.

For programs inside the Koret Auditorium, seating is limited and unassigned. Free  tickets are distributed on a first-come first-served basis an hour before the program begins in front of the theater. This ticket does not include admission to the museum galleries. Every Saturday, the de Young and Legion of Honor offer free general admission tickets to all Bay Area residents.

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