It was the age of disco and the languid saunter that had dominating the catwalk would no longer do. Along came Pat Cleveland, a breath of fresh air whose merry shimmy endeared her to the hearts of the era’s most brilliant designers. The self-proclaimed “rag doll” was certainly a bit thing, but she instinctively understood the transformational power of a body in motion; her lithe foray down a runway was singular. Cleveland’s effervescence matched the zeitgeist as she hit the jet set, a certified Halstonette alongside Angelica Houston, dripping in diamonds on that arm of Antonio at Karl Lagerfeld’s St. Tropez beachside lunches. Her crowning moment came at the famed Battle of Versailles. She ran the pack that toppled the French crown through dizzying kinetic swirling in the vibrant designs of Stephen Burrows. When fashion danced, Nine Ladies Dancing, led by the dazzling Pat Cleveland.
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