WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Runway of Love, Straight & Butch, Drag Kings, and A Very Tabu Prom

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The work of a true fashion legend will be debuting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love is a fashion exhibit with a slew of inspirations and influences. The late Patrick Kelly, who died of AIDS in January 1990, is an unforgettable African-American designer that challenged the norm and brought new, edgy flair to the fashion world.

His goal was simple: he once said, “I want my clothes to make you smile.” His early work gained the attention of French Elle which featured him in February 1985. He pulled inspiration from his African American and Southern roots, his knowledge of fashion and art history, and the club and gay scenes of New York and Paris.

This is world class art, and definitely the kind of see-and-be-seen event to close off the month. Speaking of world class, one of Philly’s fiercest queens, Brittany Lynn, will be on the red carpet, so try not to show up looking busted. If you want a sneak peek, check out the preview of the exhibit. Click here to get your (free) ticket. Friday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Free, Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Don’t Miss “Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Photo via Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Photo via Philadelphia Museum of Art.

There are some fashionistas guided by the rule that less is more, and then there is Patrick Kelly, the master of tasteful overstatement. “Patrick Kelly, Runway of Love,” the designer’s not-to-be-missed retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (running until November 30 at the Perelman Building) is an exuberant tribute to his belief that there’s no reason great fashion can’t be great fun. Kelly was a rarity in the couture world: a Mississippi-born African-American who moved to Paris in 1979, and in just three years sashayed from street fashion to runway shows featured in the pages of Elle and Vogue. His brief moment in the klieg lights was tragically cut short by his death from AIDS in 1990.

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