He attended Jackson State University on a scholarship and studied art history and African American history. After two years of college, he moved to Atlanta to further his career in the fashion industry. He had a friend suggest that he move to New York to get more recognition for his work. Designer Kelly moved to New York and enrolled at the in the prestigious Parsons School of Design. He worked part-time at Baskin Robbins and he sold his dresses to Models in New York. This same friend challenged him again to take his talents further.
PARIS was ready for Designer Patrick Kelly. He thrived in the city and he made a name for himself. His fashions were respected and loved and so was his Southern Charm. Designer Patrick Kelly was the First American and person of color to become a member of Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter (the governing body of the prestigious French ready-to-wear industry).
Designer Kelly died in Paris due to AIDS but his work and talent lives on. The Brooklyn Museum featured his work and called it "PATRICK KELLY: A RETROSPECTIVE!"
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