Patrick Kelly Paris «Peanut 71» Vintage Sunglasses - New Old Stock - Made in France


Patrick Kelly «Peanut 71» Vintage Sunglasses - New Old Stock - Made in France

Made in France in the 1980s

Frame and lenses are new, unworn and in perfect condition.

An incredibly rare and beautiful signature piece by Patrick Kelly, featuring his typical buttons, mirrored by the round lenses on a masterful marble acetate. The profound depth of color is stunning, the shiny shades of blue and the mother-of-pearl elements change depending of the light reflections.

Patrick Kelly was a celebrated African-American fashion designer who came to fame in France. Among his accomplishments, he was the first American to be admitted to the «Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode», the prestigious governing body of the French ready-to-wear industry. Kelly's designs were noted for their exuberance, humor and references to pop culture and Black folklore.

Kelly’s designs were worn by celebrities including Isabella Rossellini, Bette Davis, Cicely Tyson and Grace Jones. His designs frequently incorporated bright colors, were often embellished with ribbons and buttons and suggested a sense of whimsy and joy while sometimes addressing difficult issues of race. Kelly’s work pushed racial and cultural boundaries with “golliwog” logos, “Aunt Jemima” bandana dresses, and his ubiquitous black baby-doll brooches. His playful looks were inspired by his muse, Josephine Baker, and admiration for couturiers Madame Grès, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Yves Saint Laurent, among others.

He was known to walk the runway in baggy overalls and used a large spray paint heart as the background to his fashion shows.

“I want my clothes to make you smile”—that was the goal of late designer Patrick Kelly in creating his bold, bright, and joyful creations.

Front width from temple to temple: 5.72 inches / 148mm

Temple length: 140mm

Including FPOS hardcase.


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