When Craft Show shoppers aren’t browsing one-of-a-kind, wearable works of art to add to their wardrobes over four jam-packed days in November, they can find wares from many of our craft artists on sites like Etsy. Placing these museum-quality pieces for sale through an online retailer is the digital equivalent to the street selling of only a few decades ago—and for some artists, it can be a jumpstart to a career.
Patrick Kelly, a black clothing designer from the rural south, was one of the craft artists who earned that jumpstart. Kelly went from selling his designs on the streets of 1980s Paris to being carried by Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf Goodman a short two years later. A retrospective of his work, “Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love,” is on view now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through December 7 and is a must-see for visiting craft artists and fashion aficionados.
The Wall Street Journal credits Philadelphia Museum of Art senior curator Dilys Burn for curating an exhibition that feels like a “five year party,” following the five years of Kelly’s short career, from his first official collection in 1985 to his death on Jan. 1, 1990.
Get a jolt of the 80’s from “the most important fashion designer you’ve never heard of” to go with the fashion-forward yet classic jackets, scarves, sweaters and more that you’ll find this year at the Craft Show.
Visit 2014 Craft Show Wearable Fiber Art to see the wearable artwork that will be available this November from our 2014 artists.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
Museum admission $20, $18 seniors, $14 students and ages 13-18, under 12 free.