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Virtual Screening of “Patrick Kelly: The American In Paris”

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Patrick Kelly dressed in a metallic spacesuit, surrounded by models wearing black and grey holding metallic cut out starsclothing

Patrick Kelly’s Fall/Winter 1989–1990 advertising campaign. Photograph by Oliviero Toscani. Courtesy of the Estate of Patrick Kelly. Scan by Randy Dodson / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Join us for a special screening of the new documentary short, Patrick Kelly: The American In Paris celebrating the life, career, and legacy of fashion designer Patrick Kelly. Directed by Rashidi Natara Harper and filmed in New York City and San Francisco, the film invites you to view Kelly through an intimate lens, featuring vintage footage and accounts from his friends and close collaborators, including Bjorn Guil Amelan, Kelly’s former business and life partner; Pat Cleveland, fashion model; Gilles Decamps, former Paris Match photographer; Audrey Smaltz, runway show coordinator; and Kibwe Chase-Marshall, cofounder of the Kelly Initiative.

Following the screening, guests are invited to attend a live Q&A discussion with August Thurmer, the film’s director of photography; Laura L. Camerlengo, associate curator of costume and textile arts; Kibwe Chase-Marshall; and Rashidi Natara Harper. 

Please note this event will be run via Zoom, a video platform available free of charge. We recommend downloading Zoom to your computer or mobile device prior to the event to avoid any technical difficulties. 

About the Speakers

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 the exhibition catalogues 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.

Kibwe Chase-Marshall worked in the fashion industry for a decade as an apparel and accessories designer at some of 7th Avenue’s most influential brands (Michael Kors, Isaac Mizrahi, Oscar de la Renta) before pivoting into the fashion editorial sector as a writer and market editor for a host of digital outlets such as,, and In 2018, Chase-Marshall published a landmark equity-action proposal in the Business of Fashion and has worked tirelessly since to advocate for the community of Black fashion professionals. In the summer of 2020, amid a global reckoning with anti-Black racism, he cofounded the Kelly Initiative (@TheKellyInitiative) with a commitment to honoring the legacy of designer Patrick Kelly via forging equitable inroads for fashion’s Black talent. Learn more about Chase-Marshall via his Instagram, @byanyseamsnecessary.

Rashidi Natara Harper is a highly regarded director and producer, whose versatility continues to influence music, film, television, and the digital space. His dynamic visual style creates visceral depictions of real life. He has lensed projects for everyone from athletes such as Mike Tyson, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams to musicians such as Justin Timberlake, Dr. Dre, and Quincy Jones, as well as the Tupac hologram. He was an integral part of the executive team that launched the Apple Music streaming service and its global radio station Beats 1, helping visually brand the new streamer with a viral video that garnered more than 20 million views across social media platforms. Harper’s latest release is the highly anticipated FX documentary series Hip Hop Uncovered, for which he served as both director and executive producer. 

August Thurmer is a Los Angeles–based cinematographer, with experience in commercial and documentary film, who directs and shoots his own work. Raised in northern New Mexico, Thurmer calls the world home and is motivated by adventure, passion, and beauty. Drawn toward powerful images that bring people together, he has shot in more than 35 countries, honing his ability to work with different people and in new environments. Working with great directors on iconic commercials informs his visual vocabulary and working knowledge, while shooting documentaries has kept him looking for new ways to capture real emotion.

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