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San Francisco Remembers Patrick Kelly

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Patrick Kelly smiling, surrounded by models, also smiling, who are wearing bright pink clothing

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

Koret Auditorium

In celebration of the upcoming exhibition, Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, all members are invited to join an intimate panel discussion about Patrick Kelly’s work and experiences during his time in our city. Moderated by Laura L. Camerlengo, associate curator of costume and textile arts and presenting curator of the exhibition, the evening will feature guest panelists Jacqueline Beal Boggan, a former client of Patrick Kelly, and Betté McKenzie, former vice president of public relations and special events at Macy’s West. The panel will include a one-hour conversation followed by an audience Q&A.

About the Exhibition

The highly anticipated upcoming 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 designers. The exhibition features nearly 80 of his joyful yet sophisticated designs, including his signature heart-shaped patterns, corsets made entirely out of buttons, and a literal “banana” skirt. These head-turning ensembles will inspire a fashion risk or two.

About the Speakers

Jacqueline Beal Boggan is a former director of human resources and a long-standing supporter of numerous Bay Area cultural organizations, from the City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Her current volunteer activities center on providing opportunities to youth and young adults in the East Bay, through her affiliation with organizations like Youth Spirit Artworks and AileyCamp at the University of California, Berkeley. A member of the Oakland Bay Area Chapter of Links, Inc., Boggan is a collector of African American art and art books. She is also the cofounder of the Bay Area Collectors of Black Memorabilia. In the late 1980s, Boggan shopped Patrick Kelly’s fashions, which she still cherishes today.

Laura L. Camerlengo is associate curator of costume and textile arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Since 2010, she has organized or co-organized costume and textiles exhibitions for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She most recently co-organized the critically acclaimed exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions (2018). She is the author of The Miser’s Purse (2013) as well as a contributor to Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade (2017) and Contemporary Muslim Fashions (2018). She holds a master of arts in the history of decorative arts and design from Parsons, the New School for Design/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York.

Betté McKenzie is the former vice president of public relations and special events at Macy’s West. Through her decades of experience at Macy’s, her proudest achievement was producing the Passport Fashion Show, which benefited AIDS and HIV nonprofits. She also created and managed several Patrick Kelly fashion events for the San Francisco Macy’s. Following her time at Macy’s, she has been active on various boards throughout the Bay Area, including the Museums’ Textile Arts Council. She is deeply committed to sustainability and was a longtime member on the Recology Artist Selection Board.

COVID-19 Guidance

Regardless of attendees’ vaccination status, face coverings are required for staff and adult visitors at all times on museum premises (City-owned property). Proof of vaccination is not required for entry to the event. There is no drinking or eating allowed inside the Koret Theater; we encourage you to step outside temporarily to do so, if needed. Cleaning routines have been increased, and sanitizing stations are available throughout the de Young. Learn more about the de Young's rigorous health and safety measures


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Ticket Information

Invitations to this event are a benefit for all members. Invitations will be emailed to current eligible members. To RSVP, email or call 415.750.7648.

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