+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/PAT CLEVELAND: legendary super model. #1 in ten acts



The forerunner of the cult of the super model, she and a handful of others in her generation defined and made it cogently possible for the likes of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford to become so coveted and staggeringly well paid. What becomes a legend most? Pat Cleveland, the legendary super model. For those in the know, she needn’t an introduction, for those who are not in the know…. oh well, here she is.

In the course of the next ten days you will delight in Pat’s wit and virtuosity in elegant simplicity. She’s the first of the September special marquee featuring individuals of extraordinary sartorial note. Style is a mode of autobiography. That, plus that indefinable something sums the legend of Pat Cleveland.

Thank you,

Iké Udé / September 6th.



Astrological sign:

Model actress singer Poet

New York

Favorite color:
Candle Flame White

Favorite Designer:
Stephan Burrows, Karl Lagerfeld,  Zac Posen, Thierry Mugler, Kenzo, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta. Halston, Valentino, Moschino, Missoni, Fendi, Zandra Rhodes, Azzedine, Jean Mure, Diane Von Furstenberg, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Ferre, Charles James, Armani, D & G, Patricia Field, St. Angelo…. etc. love them all.

Favorite accessories/shoes:
My red feathered fan, my feathery g-string, my silver bracelet and necklace designed by Brynia a gift from my jewelry designer friend who lives in Iceland; Love my Goodie Two Shoes circa 1971, they made me six feet tall, I could even dance in them and especially good for dancing were my red tie at the ankle Charles Jourdans, and now my Manolo Blahnik golden string shoes light as a feather, and of course got to have them, my Sabastian Louboutin red soles.

Favorite perfume:
Gardenia Pret-a-porter from a very small shop in Rome…very special…very sexy.

Stylish Film:
Marie Antionette  directed by Sofia Coppola, it was  full of  beautiful costumes, beauty lighting, and  everything was so extravagant. I especially liked the close up on the  Manolo shoes in one of the scenes.

Favorite hangout:
Home by the Pool.

Favorite places
Amsterdam, the mountains, sea side, and Lago Maggorie.

Favorite Cocktail:
A virgin Pims.

Who is your style icon:
My inner voice.

What item of clothing would you rather starve for?
My entire wardrobe circa, 1971. (But every thing still fits so I don’t have to starve.)

What is your over all impression of how people dress in general?
Like a herd of sheep…following the leader…Ba!

And what do you recommend that they do other wise?
Know your true nature and dress according to that, not what you think someone else may approve of…. think clean and beautiful; make the world a beautiful place by dressing the best you possibly can.



What items did you use to compose this particular out fit?
This is a Zac Posen dress, which I love, I chose this antique crystal necklace which felt as though it fell right into place with the décolleté, the necklace was once a gift to my mother from my aunt who traveled the world as a dancer… it has  good vibes…and the shoes a reminiscent of a time past with the peek-a-boo toe, it goes well with the peek-a-boo of the sleeves.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an out fit?
It just seemed like the most romantic dress to wear for this luncheon with Zac and friends.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time? 
It was spontaneous. I saw it at Zac”s atelier and knew right away it was for me and fell in love with it.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/ outfit?
It is a 10.

What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit? 
This is silk jersey, it is well tailored, the color is akin to a beautiful rose; what matters is what something is, not what it is called,  ‘a rose by any other name…. What’s in a name? That which we call a Rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.  A beautiful garment is a beautiful garment.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Definitely, I would reappear in this dress in a different country, in a different season, to give it longevity.

Personally I firmly believe that there is a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress.  What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
I love the designer of this garment… love is what makes fashion have pure value for me.

As a result of your style, what is your impression of how you are generally perceived in public?
I think people in the fashion world appreciate the fact that I keep a sense of joy in the way I dress, I don’t follow the trend, I just wear beautiful clothes created by talented designers, clothes I truly love… sometimes I feel I am carrying the flag for those I love.

And how would rather the public perceive you?
As a Butterfly in the garden of fashion, just passing through.

Presently, what do you think accounts for the poor appearances in how people generally dress or don’t dress?
Time and money… cheap clothes just aren’t the same as designer clothes…. It’s the textiles…. Some people just give up and go live in nude colonies because they hate clothes… but not me, I’m really into textiles. The feel and the fit with cheap clothes is as different as sandpaper compared to silk…butterfly and rock…. but in the end, it is all in fashion… moving on trends, conservative, classic, etc. there are all sorts of possibilities… if you are lucky, and choose fashion as a fun thing to do…fashion helps one to stand up to life in its own honest way, dressing gives one dignity, and to respect one’s self is a great tool to begin with… as is said  ‘the body is a temple’ so I say, Ladies and Gentlemen, decorate your body  with joy and respect.




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10 Responses to special guest/PAT CLEVELAND: legendary super model. #1 in ten acts

  1. Tom says:

    Words like “timeless” and “legendary” have been overused in our hyperventilating rush to get on with the “newest” and the “freshest” in fashion.
    However, Pat Cleveland has always been the real deal. She’s one of those unique Zelig-like figures in Fashion who will never have a “sell-by” date and as for legend, her name alone is a brand on par with all the great houses–even though she has nothing to sell, just love and energy to give.
    Her adventurous life has been one of elegance, patience, and resilience. More than a participant in, and survivor of, some of the greatest events of late 20th Century western culture, her memoir, when it comes out, will floor people!
    Long live legend Pat Cleveland!

  2. ghurron briscoe says:

    Ms Pat Cleveland, is versed with dexterity of style from yester year, but keeps her diginity with elegant pieces for her endeavors! The concerto of the ten outfits will have me relishing! Thank you The Chic Index. -Dandy ghurron briscoe

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  4. Jade Harris says:

    Pat Cleveland was (and still is) the inspiration for so many models who were told they could not make it in the fashion industry. She is the who you think of when someone mentions the word style, class and grace. Even though I never reached the level that she did as one of the first black “supermodels”, I still had the confidence to grace many runways imitating her style. Can’t want to see what she is bringing to the world of fashion this time. She is truly a legend to hold dearly.

  5. paul says:

    no words can describe it,you are always the best….

  6. corey says:

    my goodness at first I thought this glorious shot was of Anna (pat’s daughter) not La Cleveland herself…definitely poetry in motion and in prose , an ethereal spirit that just happens to be the collective muse of every designer from the past 5 decades! And she’s just getting started!

  7. Chris says:

    What took so long to mention Ms. Cleveland?
    Any era would be amazed to have her…and how lucky we are she is one of the truly chic women of OUR time!

  8. Pat,you remember FIORUCCI? And Donna Jordan?

  9. Annie Marcelo says:

    Pat Cleveland, my supermodel best friend, the most simple yet the best ramp model I ever worked with. She’s the best model for models, as an individual, as a wife, as a mother and of course as an Elegant Woman in all aspects.

  10. Well Dressed Militant says:

    For me fashion does not exist without Ms.Cleveland. She colors my dreams of what not only of what fashion was & still should be, fantasy! She is fearless & fierce a true style icon.

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