Kelley Shields

American (20th Century)

40 Kelley Shields Illustrations for Geoffrey Beene

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mixed media (ink, pastel, colored pencil) on illustration paper
largest: 14 x 8 1/2 inches
40 fashion illustrations by Kelley Shields for various seasons, with fabric swatches and artist notes
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Upon graduation from Parsons in 1986 Kelley joined Geoffrey Beene’s atelier as an Assistant Designer. Working alongside Jesper Nyeboe and Gene Meyer she submitted designs, selected fabrics, trims and finishes, accessorized the collection for shows and sketched for editorial coverage. After Beene, Kelley went on to explore fashion illustration followed by six years designing men’s wear for Armani Exchange, where she was responsible for both men’s and women’s accessories.

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Property From the Estate of Geoffrey Beene. Proceeds from this item to benefit the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
overall good condition, minor wear commensurate with age

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Geoffrey Beene was an icon of the American fashion scene: as the New York Times put it, "fashion editors ran out of superlatives to describe Mr. Beene's high-wire act." Just a year after founding his firm in 1963, Beene was awarded the prestigious Coty American Fashion Critics' Award. This would be one of eight Coty awards given to the designer over the course of his life, more than any other designer has received to date. Over the next four decades, Beene built on his reputation as a one-of-a-kind designer, producing acclaimed lines of women's and men's clothing, accessories, and perfume.  In 1976, he became the first American designer to show a collection in Milan, Italy. 

Two years after Geoffrey Beene's death in 2004, the Geoffrey Beene Foundation was established in his honor. The mission of the Foundation is to support critical philanthropic causes, the most important being the establishment in 2006 of the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Since its creation in 2006, the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center has served as a nucleus for revolutionary new research approaches in preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer. 

Proceeds from this item to benefit the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering.