Own a rare piece of pop art fashion! This vintage 1980s Patrick Kelly “Bar Code Skirt” features a vibrant black and white barcode print that’s eye catching. The skirt has an amazing 69″sweep, now that’s flare! The skirt has side pockets, waist band is 1.5″wide, with a 7.5″ side nylon zipper, and 1 button at the top for closure. The skirt fabric is 100% cotton, the lining is 60% Acetate and 40% Bemberg (Bemberg is a luxurious high-end lining, silky and breathable). Garment has been professionally cleaned. Please review the provided measurements for accurate sizing. Excellent Vintage/Mint Condition condition. No holes, tears or discoloration (skirt or lining). Happy to provide additional pictures on request.


Measurements of Garment (lying flat; please double; Bust, Waist and Hips):


  • Waist: 13 1/2″
  • Hips: free
  • Length of Skirt: 20″ from waist to hemline
  • Sweep: 69″ (the circumference of the bottom hem of a skirt or dress)

History of Patrick Kelly: Patrick Kelly,  statement “I want my clothes to make you smile” (September 24, 1954 – January 1, 1990) Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi and buried at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France. Patrick Kelly was known for his exuberant and colorful designs which referenced Black folklore and Pop culture.

The women that influenced Kelly’s creativity. His mother, a home economics teacher, taught him to draw, and an aunt introduced him to sewing. But it was Kelly’s grandmother, Ethel B. Rainey, who first inspired him to reach for the heights of couture. Kelly’s grandmother remained his greatest muse.

But, in 1979 his friend supermodel Pat Cleveland urged Kelly to relocate to Paris and anonymously provided a (one way) plane ticket. The appeal of his garments was the use of large oversized buttons which adorned his designs worn by supermodel Pat Cleveland, the electrifying Grace Jones and legendary actress Bette Davis. One dress he showed in his first fashion show in 1985, that night set Paris on fire. It was a look, a sexy and body-hugging mini-dress covered playfully in colorful buttons. The dazzling adornments on the dress became his signature and helped ensure Kelly’s rise in Paris fashion.

In 1988 he became the first American and the first black designer to be voted into the prestigious Chambre Syndicale du Pret-a-Porter des Couturiers et de Createurs de Mode. He also designed costumes for Michael Jackson’s “Bad” tour 1987.

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