During Black History Month Producer Maurice Lynch would like to salute Black History Maker Legendary Style Icon & Model Pat Cleveland.
Pat Cleveland was born in New York City on June 23, 1950. Her father, Johnny Johnston, was a saxophonist; her mother, Lady Bird Cleveland, a painter. After her parents separated, Cleveland was raised by her mother in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. She graduated from New York’s High School of Art and Design in 1969.
Cleveland’s career as a fashion model began in 1966 when she was spotted on a New York subway by Carrie Donovan, an assistant editor at Vogue magazine. She first modeled as a live mannequin in Ebony’s Fashion Fair, and then for Vogue magazine. In 1970, Cleveland relocated to Paris, France, where she worked with illustrator Antonio Lopez and became a house model for Karl Lagerfeld’s Chloé. She modeled for designers such as Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler and Christian Dior. In 1973, Cleveland was part of the benefit fashion show at the Palace of Versailles in France.
Cleveland returned to the United States in 1974, and continued modeling into the 1980s. She also established a modeling agency in Milan, Italy, and published a volume of poetry in 2001 entitled In The Spirit Of Grace. In 2003, Cleveland returned to the fashion runway, walking for designers Bill Blass and Stephen Burrows, and at Chanel, with her daughter, Anna van Ravenstein. Cleveland also modeled with her daughter for designer Zac Posen in 2013.
Cleveland has appeared in countless fashion spreads and on the covers of such magazines as Vanity Fair, Essence, Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, L’Officiel, and GQ. In addition, she appeared in advertisement campaigns for Vidal Sasoon and Karl Lagerfeld, and has been photographed by Steven Meisel and Andy Warhol. In 2010, Cleveland appeared as a guest judge in season fourteen of America’s Next Top Model. That same year, she appeared in the documentary Ultrasuede, In Search of Halston. In 2012, Cleveland was featured in two more fashion documentaries, Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution and About Face: Supermodels Then and Now.
Cleveland is married to Paul van Ravenstein. They have two children: Noel and Anna.
Pat Cleveland was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 14, 2014.
Producer Maurice Lynch had the opportunity to produce Ms. Cleveland performing " Tonight Josephine a tribute to Josephine Baker. The duo single is available on ITunes http://mauricelynchmusic.com/tonightjosephine-patcleveland/
Producer Maurice Lynch Presents: Legendary Fashion Model & Singer Pat Cleveland in New Duo-Single Tribute to Josephine Baker titled “Tonight Josephine”.
On Thursday night June 9th in New York City at the historic Jane Hotel Ballroom, The atmosphere was transformed into "Le Jazz Hot" fashion elite and jet setters turned out, everyone from top designer Zac Posen, Steven Burrows, Bill Cunningham to Andre Leon Tally were present to celebrate the duo release party for Pat Cleveland's new book “Walking with the Muses” and her new single “Tonight Josephine”.
Publisher Simon and Schuster and Producer Maurice Lynch kept the songs release under wraps until the private release party. The new duo-single titled “Tonight Josephine” written and produced by Maurice Lynch channels Josephine Baker. Lynch stated “Josephine Bakers contribution to fashion history is enormous and her style has been emulated worldwide. I felt it was a great time to pay tribute to Josephine. Pat embodies the spirit of Josephine and has the right combination of everything for this song, plus she has a wonderful history with Josephine and has been photographed many times in the Baker-esque style. There are very few people who have personally known Josephine or shared the stage with her as Pat did during the legendary "Battle of Versailles" fashion show in Paris".
The night was a magical metaphor of literary style and musical catwalk. After being introduced by Zac Posen. Cleveland thrilled and enthusiastic audience as she appeared in a custom made lavishly beaded gold gown by Zac Posen and headdress and accessories by Mike Jackson New York. As a cast of male dancers and singers serenaded her arrival the crowd roared as she appeared and sang from atop the ballrooms balcony giving the performance of a lifetime before descended the stairs in iconic Pat Cleveland style like a classic cabaret diva during the tribute. As Cleveland finished her performance the show went to another level like a huge burst of confetti when Swarovski covered banana clad Male and Female dancers filled the dance floor.
Lynch stated "This recording is historical and celebrates Josephine’s life, and I know this will be a treat for Josephine Baker Fans and Pat Cleveland Fans worldwide. This has truly been one of those New York nights that will be a part of history". Pats celebrity and mystique is legendary and tonight so many people from the fashion community; Steven Burrows, Calvin Klein, Alva Chinn, Alyson Williams, Wendy Williams, got a chance to celebrate with her. This is just a teaser we are beginning work on a full CD project and cabaret show.
Pat Cleveland is the first artist that I am presenting on Maurice Lynch Music this will open the door and will give me the opportunity to work with and present some legendary entertainment figures some that are not necessarily known as singers. So this is really a magical and creative time for me”.
The Le Jazz Hot Fete was put on by brothers Mauricio & Roger Padilha of MAO Public Relations in New York City, who left no detail unturned. The Art Deco Josephine Baker inspired theme truly celebrated Pat Cleveland's fashion legacy and musical talent.
“Walking with the Muses” by Simon and Schuster is available at Barnes and Nobles, Amazon and other online distributors. “Tonight Josephine” is currently available on ITunes and the CD “Tonight Josephine” will also be available through Barnes and Noble Music, online retailers and at The New York City Library for the Performing Arts.
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