Remembering Jean Patchett

Jean Patchett’s daughter, Amy Auer, and cousin Daniel Patchett with a photo of Jean Patchett. Courtesy WHBPAC.

On June 26, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center honored the late fashion model Jean Patchett with a book signing featuring Robert and Lois Lilley, authors of “Jean Patchett: American Goddess.” Patchett, a former Westhampton Beach resident and dedicated benefactor to the theater, died in 2002.

She was one of the first American high fashion models of the 1940s and 1950s, working with the likes of Irving Penn and Erwin Blumenfeld for her iconic Vogue magazine covers. Joining the Lilleys was Patchett’s daughter, Amy Auer, and cousin Daniel Patchett, who are committed to ensuring Patchett’s contributions to the fashion world are recognized for her influence and passion, forever changing the landscape of haute couture. Following the discussion, guests were treated to a free screening of the Audrey Hepburn classic “Funny Face” followed by a light reception in the theatre’s lounge.