Walking with the muses : a memoir / Pat Cleveland, with Lorraine Glennon.

by Cleveland, Pat [author.]; Glennon, Lorraine [author.].

Publisher: New York : 37 INK, ATRIA, [2016]Description: xi, 336 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781501108235.Subject(s): Cleveland, Pat | African American models -- Biography | African American women -- BiographyLooking glass | Fashion -- United States | Fashion designers -- United StatesLooking glassNote: Illustrations on lining papersNote: Includes bibliographical references. Alternative form: Electronic version: Cleveland, Pat, author. Walking girl (DLC) 2015044816 9781501108242
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An exciting account of the international adventures of fashion model Pat Cleveland--one of the first black supermodels during the wild sixties and seventies.

"Taking her reader through fifty years of fashion from the intersection of the Civil Rights Movement, the disco era's decadence, and the grandeur of Hollywood's late 70s renaissance, Cleveland provides a glimpse at some of design's most important moments--and her own personal history." -- Vogue

"Pat Cleveland is to fashion what Billie Holiday is to the blues; a muse for all ages." -- Essence

Chronicling of the glamorous life and adventures of Pat Cleveland--one of the first black supermodels--this compelling memoir evokes the bohemian lifestyle and creative zeitgeist of 1970s New York City and features some of today's most prominent names in fashion, art, and entertainment as they were just gaining their creative footage.

New York in the sixties and seventies was glamorous and gritty at the same time, a place where people like Warhol, Avedon, and Halston as well as their muses came to pursue their wildest ambitions, and when the well began to run dry they darted off to Paris. Though born on the very fringes of this world, Patricia Cleveland, through a combination of luck, incandescent beauty, and enviable style, soon found herself in the center of all that was creative, bohemian, and elegant. A "walking girl," a runway fashion model whose inimitable style still turns heads on the runways of New York, Paris, Milan, and Tokyo, Cleveland was in high demand.

Ranging from the streets of New York to the jet-set beaches of Mexico, from the designer drawing rooms of Paris to the offices of Vogue, here is Cleveland's larger-than-life story. One minute she's in a Harlem tenement making her own clothes and dreaming of something bigger, the next she's about to walk Halston's show alongside fellow model Anjelica Huston. One minute she's partying with Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson, the next she's sharing the dance floor next to a man with stark white hair, an artist the world would later know as Warhol. In New York, she struggles to secure her first cover of a major magazine. In Paris, she's the toast of the town. And through the whirlwind of it all, she is forever in pursuit of love, truth, and beauty in this "riveting, celeb-drenched account of her astonishing life in fashion" (Simon Doonan, author of The Asylum ).

Illustrations on lining papers

Includes bibliographical references.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Cleveland was one of the first prominent African-American fashion models, and in this wonderfully written memoir she offers great insight into the fashion world, as well as glimpses of her own dramatic life off the runway. This friendly, conversational memoir chronicles her rise to international prominence from humble beginnings. Raised in a small New York City apartment, Cleveland developed a deep love for her mother, who imbued her with her love for wearing and designing beautiful clothes, but their connection was disrupted by Cleveland's abusive stepfather. Escaping her home life, Cleveland quickly became a working model and appeared in Vogue and Ebony, opportunities that brought her into close contact with celebrities such as Muhammad Ali and would eventually lead to Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol considering her a muse. But Cleveland's life was far from charmed, as she illustrates in her frank discussions of sexual assault-of both her and others around her-as well as her experiences with anti-black racism, both personal and systemic. Some readers will be particularly interested in her discussion of Bill Cosby, but Cleveland is the real star of her own story of passion, strength, and elegance above all. Agents: Becky Sweren and David Kuhn, Kuhn Projects. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Pat Cleveland 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."