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March 22, 2010


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Petra Slinkard

Fascinating! I have long admired Kelly's work, but had no idea that he was the only American to have been accepted into the Chambre Syndicale.
Thank you for the information

FIDM Museum

Hi Petra,

I should clarify that Patrick Kelly was the first (not the only) American to be admitted into the Chambre Syndicale. Currently, Rick Owens (from Southern Califronia) is a member, and I believe there have been other Americans since Patrick Kelly.

I think it's high time that someone wrote a book about Patrick Kelly! There is a A LOT of primary source information about him out there, but no comprehensive, scholarly source. Any takers?!?

Becky D

Perhaps that book ought to come from you!


Patrick and I were classmates in Vicksburg, MS. I know there is a 'collection' of his housed in the city and I also know he has a number of relatives in and around the area. Yes, someone needs to write a book about his life, beginning with humble beginnings in the small, unwavering town in Warren County!

FIDM Museum

Deborah, it's great to know that Patrick Kelly's hometown feels his work is/was important enough to take care of and collect. Still hoping a book on his work will be forthcoming.

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