“I was a fly chick when I was young.” ~ The artist Ladybird Cleveland (now Strickland) to a reporter in 2012 in a story about an exhibition of her paintings. Ms. Strickland, the mother of legendary fashion model Pat Cleveland, was photographed here by Carl Van Vechten on September 21, 1954. Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
The artist, Ladybird Cleveland, photographed by Carl Van Vechten on September 21, 1954 with her painting, “Self Portrait.” She is also the mother of legendary fashion model Pat Cleveland. Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Pat Cleveland with her mother, the artist Ladybird Cleveland, in photograph by Carl Van Vechten. I have interviewed Pat via email, but I only had the pleasure of meeting her in person last night in the tents at New York Fashion Week. I had planned to post Ladybird Cleveland soon anyway - but I had no idea she was Pat’s mother until she told me last night! Needless to say, I am very happy that Pat brought this photo to my attention…
Ladybird Cleveland, an artist and the mother of legendary model Pat Cleveland. Photo by Carl Van Vechten.