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July 2nd, 2014
Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly

April 27–December 7, 2014
Joan Spain Gallery, Perelman Building

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love is complemented by an exhibition of whimsical streetwear by Gerlan Jeans. Founded in 2009 by New York–based graphic artist and designer Gerlan Marcel (born 1976), Gerlan Jeans reinterprets Kelly’s signature bows, buttons, and other bold embellishments to create clothes that embody the dynamic spirit of a new generation. Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly explores Kelly’s enduring relevance as he inspires a contemporary label whose vibrant sensibility is embraced by style and pop icons such as Beyoncé and Katy Perry.

Marcel discovered Patrick Kelly in 2006, after seeing a spread of the designer’s work in Mao magazine, and instantly connected with Kelly’s joyful spirit and provocative collections. Much like Kelly’s clothes, which were inspired by the designer’s Mississippi childhood, Gerlan Jeans reflects Marcel’s Midwest upbringing, in particular her teenage experiences with American mall culture and 1980s and 1990s jeans brands such as Esprit and Benetton. With Gerlan Jeans, Marcel skillfully combines her extensive knowledge of Western pop culture with her understanding of fashion history, a quality also shared by Kelly. Both designers offer creative interpretations of iconic fashion styles, from youthful adaptations of Chanel’s classic tweed suits to denim overalls, the American work wear staple, as fashionable dress.

Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly presents fifteen fully accessorized ensembles by Gerlan Jeans, beginning with the brand’s debut Fall/Winter 2009 collection through the Spring/Summer 2014 line. The exhibition also features footage of Kelly’s runway shows, highlighting the connections between these distinctive brands and conveying Kelly’s energy, which Marcel describes as “genuine and full of life.”

Exhibition Hours:
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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