Patrick Kelly: Pioneering American Designer - First Retrospective of the Work of African American Fashion Designer Patrick Kelly on View at the Brooklyn Museum of Art April 17 Through September 5, 2004. ... Patrick Kelly was a designer I greatly admired as a teen starting out in fashion. My sister gave me the issue of Essence Magazine where he was on the cover when I left California to come to New York . She told me to keep it with me and read it whenever I had doubts about my career choice as a designer, or just needed a little inspiration. I still have it and I will always cherish it. I welcome you guys to honor designers that are no longer here that may have affected your life in positive way, or just shout out some of your favorites no longer with us.