Erica Lennard, Doria de la Chapelle and Jeffrey Banks
Erica Lennard, Doria de la Chapelle and Jeffrey Banks

NEW YORK, Oct 19, 2013/ — Expected to hit stores and online on October 22nd, “Perry Ellis: An American Original
” is the first complete monograph celebrating the life and work of Perry Ellis and details the clothes and designer that became a sensation in the 1980s.

Published by Rizzoli, this ground-breaking book was penned by Jeffrey Banks, Erica Lennard and Doria de La Chapelle with a foreword by Marc Jacobs.

Last Wednesday, October 16th, the CFDA, Perry Ellis and Parsons the New School for Design came together to toast the new tome. A mix of socials and fashion industry notables gathered at Parsons the New School of Design in mid-town Manhattan to honor the iconic American designer’s career and life.

Retrospective Exhibition
Retrospective Exhibition

Notables included CFDA’s Steven Kolb, Diane von Furstenberg (designer), Isaac Mizrahi (designer), Fern Mallis (fashion entrepreneur) and Vogue’s Hamish Bowles.

Friends and fans of the designer new and old showed their support, including Tyler Ellis (Perry Ellis’ daughter), Stan Herman (friend), Patricia Underwood (hat designer), Barbara Flood (former model and muse) and Patricia Pastor (friend and colleague).

Notably, the event featured 69 archival men’s and women’s looks by Perry Ellis – the largest collection of the designer’s work presented since his final runway show in the 1980s.

The retrospective exhibition, which was only on view for this party, traced Perry’s legacy as a designer from his iconic women’s sportswear to classic 80’s-era gowns and wedding dresses.

Perry Ellis: An American Original will be available for purchase next week on and at

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