MoAD, Mark Rhoades, Director Antonio Contreras & Gehno Aviance present
A film screening and conversation with fashion icon Pat Cleveland and designer Kevan Hall. The program will begin with a screening of the short film The Girl from 7th Avenue: Pat Cleveland & the Runway Revolution, followed by a conversation between Pat Cleveland and Kevan Hall. There will be a q&a with the audience and time for book signing afterwards. Walking with Muses: A Memoir by Pat Cleveland will be on sale in the MoAD bookstore.
This program is in-person at MoAD, masks are required at all programs and throughout the museum.
About the Film
This illustrated film from Antonio's Closet Productions opens with fashion super hero Max Vogue on a mission to reshape fashion history through the story of super model Pat Cleveland's breakthrough career. Max travels back in time to a Patrick Kelly exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco where he touches base with Pat Cleveland (designer Patrick Kelly's friend and champion) She takes him through a time warp and they land in Versailles in 1973 where a fundraiser organized by Eleanor Lambert to rescue the Palace pitted five french couturiers, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Emanuel Ungaro, Hubert de Givenchy and Pierre Cardin, and five american designers Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Halston and Oscar de La Renta, in a fashion show. Cleveland led a groundbreaking group of models to victory for the Americans. Versailles changed the way fashion looked at Black models and American designers. Through Pat Cleveland's life story and activism Max Vogue is able to open a new perspective of fashion history and it's future. The film focuses on the heroism of women in fashion.
Pat Cleveland (image credit: Charles Tracy) is an American supermodel who The New York Times society chronicler Bill Cunningham calls “The supermodel” and Vogue veteran Andre Leon Talley calls “the all-time superstar model,” and “the most extraordinary black model of the century.” She has been an international top model for over three decades. She has worked for the most prestigious fashion designers, Such as Halston Valentino, Steven Burrows, Armani; etc.- on the runway and off. Pat has and is being seen in the work of the most prestigious photographers such as; Horst, Helmut Newton, Avedon; and Steven Meisel. She has worked with fashion illustrators such as; Antonio Lopez; Joe Eula; and Richard Bernstein, Antonio Contreras, David Downtown. Pat has been seen in fashion publications such as Vogue; Ebony; WWD, Essence, W Magazine; Interview; The Sunday Times, etc. - she has also been painted by Salvador Dali, and worked with Andy Warhol. She has traveled extensively as; Fashion Ambassador representing countries such as the United States, and the United Kingdom to China. She has also travel as fashion ambassador to Russia for Italy. She has represented the city of Barcelona as a fashion icon for the summer Olympics in Spain. Her first book of poems ‘In the Spirit of Grace’ was published in both English and Italian. Her autobiography “Walking with the Muses “was published by Simon and Schuster in 2016, Pat is presently working on a film based on her autobiography, and a documentary about her mother Lady Bird the Artist.
Kevan Hall is an American fashion designer best known for his couture red carpet designs and his role as the design and creative director of Halston. Kevan's designs have been worn by many Hollywood stars and fashion icons including Salma Hayek, Charlize Theron, Anne Hathaway, Katherine Heigl, and Michelle Obama.
This program is presented in conjunction with our current exhibition Black Venus on view March 5 - August 20, 2023.