American fashion designer Patrick Kelly was known for his exuberant and playful approach to fashion, characterized by bold colors, whimsical designs and novelty elements. In the 1980s, he gained international recognition for his bold and innovative collections, which often featured exaggerated silhouettes and eye-catching embellishments. His joyful runway shows celebrated diversity and emphasized the beauty of individuality. As one of the first African-American designers to achieve international success, he paved the way for future generations of designers of color.