Patrick McDonald, better known as "Dandy of New York" has been at the top of the New York social scene since his debut at Studio 54. He and his twin brother were born in Heidelburg, Germany to American parents and returned to the United States aboard the SS United States from Hamburg, Germany. On board was Salvador Dali who was celebrating his birthday, which is the same day as Patrick and his brother. Patrick spent his earlier years in California, and soon after, attended Panahou Academy Prep in Hawaii. To further his education, he enrolled at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and graduated with a BA in fine arts.
Yearning for culture, glamour, and the outrageous, McDonald moved to New York during the heydey of Studio 54 in the late 1970's, and began working as a model. His first job in New York was at the fabulous Fiorucci where he met the tastemakers of the fashion industry. This led him to Barney's as an assistant buyer of the European collections. He also held the Couture Director position at Fabrice, and worked with Upper East side couturier John Anthony for many years. He now consults with the amazing jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald.
In addition to working with prestigious fashion houses and retailers, McDonald has become a published writer, holding several columns in high-fashion magazines. He was the Lifestyle Editor of Arude Magazine since 1998. From 2001-2006 he wrote the "Highbrow Column" for Paper Magazine and contributed to MAO MAG and Gazelleland Magazine. Patrick was on Bravo's "Launch My Line," and has also appeared in the movies, "Sex and the City," "The Devil Wears Prada," and the documentaries, "Bill Cunningham New York," "The Tents," and "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman." He is also in the new book "Thank-you Andy Warhol" by Catherine Johnson, and "I am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman" by Rose Callahan and Nathanial Adams, with numerous other websites and blogs for his style. He has recently been featured in the exhibit at RISD called Artist Rebel Dandy: Men of Fashion," and in the book of the same name.
Patrick has many projects underway that he is very excited about
and wants you to come along for the dandy journey!
Follow Patrick on Twitter @dandyalways!