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Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark (United Kingdom, 1942–96)

It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that neither the Swinging Sixties nor the hippie fashions of the 1970s would have been what they were if not for Ossie Clark, who popularized the flamboyant fashions synonymous with the eras. Born Raymond Clark in 1942, the designer moved as a boy to Oswaldtwistle, the source of his lifelong nickname. Clark began studies in architecture at just 13, a foundation that instilled in him the lessons of proportion and scale that would inform his unique fashions decades later.

After learning tailoring, pattern cutting and more important technical skills at the Regional College of Art in Manchester (now the Manchester School of Art), Clark attended London’s prestigious Royal College of Art. There, he began a lifelong friendship with the artist David Hockney, who would eventually paint a portrait of Clark and his wife and partner, Celia Birtwell, also a designer. Clark’s graduation show in 1964, featuring at least one garment decorated with a line of light bulbs, made instant waves in the fashion world, foreshadowing the career he would have as a boundary-pushing creative. He landed his first feature in British Vogue just months later and was a veritable instant addition to the London fashion scene. While he was still a student, Clark’s designs were being sold in the famous London boutique Quorum, and Henri Bendel had brought his collection to New York. His fashions soon became synonymous with the famous “Chelsea Girls” of the decade.

Clark’s clothing ran the gamut from free-flowing garments in muted hues to graphic patterns in bold colors informed by a fascination with Pop art and flora. He collaborated with Birtwell for most of his career, incorporating her dynamic Art Deco–inspired prints in his work before the couple parted in the 1970s. Clark favored crepes and chiffons and paid close attention to small details, often eschewing simple zippers in favor of, say, fabric-covered buttons. At the end of the 1960s, Clark adjusted hemlines to the maxi length and introduced a line of chiffon dresses intended to be worn over a nude body.

Clark’s penchant for flowing pants, bell sleeves and fringe is largely regarded as popularizing the archetype of 1970s fashion in London and the United States — influence bolstered, no doubt, by his dressing such A-list clients as Mick Jagger, Liza Minelli and The Beatles. A gifted draper, he was known for his uniquely flattering fits. As designer Manolo Blahnik once said,  “He created an incredible magic with the body and achieved what fashion should do — produce desire.”

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Vintage 1970's Ossie Clark Red Moss-Crepe Satin Deco Peplum Blouse & Maxi Skirt
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Gorgeous Ossie Clark for Radley ruby red ensemble dating back to the mid 1970's. English fashion designer, Raymond "Ossie" Clark, was a leading light in the London swinging sixties f...
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1970s Ossie Clark

1970s Ossie Clark Ivory Silk Jacquard Maxi Dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This vintage 1970s Bohemian Ossie Clark ivory rayon jacquard maxi dress is exceptional. The rayon jacquard fabric is super soft and quite heavy. Although many Ossie Clark dresses wou...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage 1970 Ossie Clark Ivory Moss-Crepe Celia Birtwell Floral Print Dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Extremely rare Ossie Clark for Radley designer moss crepe dress dating back to his 1970 collection. English fashion designer, Raymond Ossie Clark, was a leading light in the London s...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage 1972 Ossie Clark Roses Print Crepe Puff-Sleeve Blouse & Bias-Cut Skirt
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
English fashion designer, Raymond "Ossie" Clark, was a leading light in the London swinging sixties fashion era and is now renowned for his romantic flowing gowns and seductive ensem...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage 1970 Ossie Clark Daisy Celia Birtwell Print Capelet Handkerchief Blouse
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A gorgeous Ossie Clark statement blouse dating back to his 1970 couture collection. Raymond "Ossie" Clark was a leading light in the London swinging sixties fashion era and is now re...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage 1970 Ossie Clark Novelty Pineapple Celia Birtwelll Print Silk Blouse
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A gorgeous Ossie Clark silk-crepe blouse dating back to his 1970 couture collection. Raymond "Ossie" Clark was a leading light in the London swinging sixties fashion era and is now r...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark w/Celia Birtwell Print Short-Sleeved Cotton Dress w/Plunge Neckline
By Ossie Clark for Radley, Ossie Clark
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ca. 1972 Ossie Clark/Celia Birtwell for Radley cotton short-sleeved dress with plunging v neckline, tiered skirt and abstract print featuring a blue windowpane check background sprou...
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1970s Ossie Clark

1970'S Ossie Clark Dress w/Embroidered Floral Motif
By Ossie Clark
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1970’s Ossie Clark black moss crêpe knee-length day dress with waist ties and abstract floral-themed embroidery in red and white at the midriff and cuffs by Celia Birtwell. Made in E...
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1970s Ossie Clark

1970'S Ossie Clark Black Wrap Maxi Dress w/Satin Trim
By Ossie Clark for Radley, Ossie Clark
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1970's Ossie Clark for Radley moss crepe black flutter sleeve wrap dress with satin trim. In excellent condition. Shoulders: approx. 13” Bust: 32” Waist: 25”-26” Hips: 39” Bodice le...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage 1972 Ossie Clark Red Crepe Celia Birtwell Floral Print Puff-Sleeve Dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
English fashion designer, Raymond Ossie Clark, was a leading light in the London "swinging sixties" fashion era and is now renowned for his romantic flowing dresses and dramatic ense...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage 1971 Ossie Clark Black Floral Celia Birtwell Print Silk Bias-Cut Dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
English fashion designer, Raymond “Ossie” Clark, was a leading light in the London “swinging sixties” fashion era and is now renowned for his unique dresses. Ossie Clark vintage clot...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage 1969 Ossie Clark Couture Candy Flower Print Crepe Billow-Sleeve Dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Sensational Ossie Clark 'Candy Flower' print documented dress dating back to his 1969 collection. English fashion designer, Raymond Ossie Clark, was a leading light in the London "sw...
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1960s Ossie Clark

1970s Radley Burgundy V neck Maxi Dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
1970s Radley maxi V neck dress. Size 6
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage 1970 Ossie Clark Couture Black Cotton-Twill Princess Dress Coat Jacket
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Stunning and totally timeless Ossie Clark black cotton-twill coat dating back to his 1970 couture collection. English fashion designer, Raymond "Ossie" Clark, was a leading light in ...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark Quorum Bohemian Blouse
By Ossie Clark, Quorum
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous red crepe blouse shirt from Quorum designers Ossie Clark and Alice Pollack. It has a small rounded shirt collar, back yoke and full sleeves with wide pointed self covered...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark Halterneck Dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Ossie Clark Dress Made in London, England Black Halterneck with pleating along bust Black velveteen peak collar Black velveteen empire waist detail Two ties wrap around from...
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Late 20th Century Ossie Clark

Vintage 1970's Ossie Clark for Radley Pink Celia Birtwell Print Crepe Dress Set
By Ossie Clark for Radley, Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A gorgeous Celia Birtwell print silk-crepe ensemble that is both timeless and chic. Radley was a British clothing manufacturing company of the 1960's through the early 1980's. The ma...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage 1975 Ossie Clark Red Moss-Crepe & Satin Deco Peplum Jacket w/ Maxi Skirt
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
English fashion designer, Raymond "Ossie" Clark, was a leading light in the London swinging sixties fashion era and is now renowned for his romantic flowing gowns and seductive ensem...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark Moss Crepe Wrap Dress c. 1970s UK 38
By Ossie Clark
Located in New York, NY
Ossie Clark Moss Crepe Wrap Dress c. 1970s UK 38; Black and Yellow Color Block Wrap Dress with Self Ties; Rouleau Button at front and back neckline.
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1970's Vintage Ossie Clark Black Print Moss-Crepe Belted Blouse Tunic
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A gorgeous Ossie Clark for Radley moss-crepe print blouse dating back to the mid-1970's. Raymond "Ossie" Clark was a leading light in the London swinging sixties fashion era and is n...
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1970s Ossie Clark

very rare 1970 OSSIE CLARK for QUORUM moss crepe wrap dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare cream and black moss crepe dress designed by Ossie Clark for Quorum dating to 1970. Ossie Clark's wife at the time, textile designer Celia Birtwell, was painted in this dre...
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1970s Ossie Clark

1970's OSSIE CLARK black moss crepe dress with keyhole neck and embroidery
By Ossie Clark for Radley, Ossie Clark
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Jet black moss crepe long dress with long billowy sleeves, plunging keyhole neckline and floral embroidery designed by Ossie Clark for Radley dating to the 1970's. Dress is labeled a...
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1970s Ossie Clark

1971 OSSIE CLARK for QUORUM dress with 'Busy Lizzie' print by CELIA BIRTWELL
By Quorum, Ossie Clark
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare, brown crepe dress with Celia Birtwell 'busy-Lizzie' printed fabric and full sleeves designed by Ossie Clark for Quorum dating to 1971. Dress is marked a British size 10 ho...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark black silk floral printed bell sleeve dress, ss 1971
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Ossie Clark; Black silk bell sleeve dress with 'Busy Lizzie' print by Celia Birtwell and drawstring fastening on yoke Spring-Summer 1971
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1970's OSSIE CLARK for QUORUM Celia Birtwell fan print plunging neckline dress
By Quorum, Ossie Clark
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare, Ossie Clark dress from Quorum dating to the 1970's. Celia Birtwell fan printed fabric. Plunging neckline. Zips up side. Adjustable ties at back. Colors are blue, red, yell...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage Ossie Clark Black Moss Crepe Halter Dress with Buttons
By Ossie Clark
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Ossie Clark black rayon moss crepe maxi dress with halter neckline, empire waist, and buttons down center front. Excellent Vintage Condition. Size: UK 12 Measurements: Bus...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage Ossie Clark Orange Crepe Halter Dress with Celia Birtwell Print
By Ossie Clark
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Ossie Clark orange moss crepe rayon halter dress with Celia Birtwell abstract print, ruffle bodice, center back zipper, neck tie, and red trim. Circa 1970. Good Vintage Con...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark Black Moss Crepe Maxi Dress, 1970s
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
A very chic dress by British designer Ossie Clark. In his favorite fabric, moss crepe, this dress is elegant and easy to wear. The sleeves are slightly puffed at the shoulder and na...
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1970s Ossie Clark

1970's OSSIE CLARK For QUORUM black bias-cut maxi gown with low back
By Ossie Clark
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Jet-black, moss crepe, bias-cut maxi gown with deep-V front and back from Ossie Clark for Quorum. Beautiful, decorative top-stitching detail around bodice. Dress is labeled a UK 14 h...
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1970s Ossie Clark

1970's OSSIE CLARK black moss crepe dress with red trim and cut out neckline
By Ossie Clark for Radley, Ossie Clark
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Jet-black, moss crepe dress with cut out and red trim designed by Ossie Clark for Radley. Best fits a US 4-6. Approximate measurements: shoulder 14", bust 32-34", waist 28", hips 36"...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark cream moss crepe and satin button up dress, c. 1970
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Ossie Clark cream moss crepe dress with satin collar and buttons. c. 1970
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark Moss Crepe Duck Egg Blue Dress c. 1974
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
A fabulous dress by the 'King of Kings Road' Ossie Clark. The dress features a pointed satin collar, satin buttons running from the bust to the lower waist, satin cuffs and pleated b...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark ivory moss crepe maxi dress with Celia Birtwell print, c. 1970s
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Ossie Clark - Sleeveless maxi dress - Cross-over fastening on the waist - Celia Birtwell floral print throughout c. 1970s
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark angel sleeve gown with "Busy Lizzie" print by Celia Birtwell, 1971
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
- 'Busy Lizzie' floral pink and green print by Celia Birtwell - Drawstring fastening on yoke - Extra wide angel sleeves - Masses of fabric ca. 1971
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark Summer Vibrant Purple Moss Crepe Gown Vintage 1970's London
By Ossie Clark, Radley
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Original 1970's Vintage Ossie Clark lavender gown made from Moss crepe. Signature Ossie Clark 1930's cut and design. UK size 10, which is more like a US size 6/8. Color is a warm...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark Black Silk Empire Feather Print Gown, 2008
By Ossie Clark
Located in Houston, TX
During its brief 1 year comeback comes this 2008 NWT fantastic unworn Ossie Clark revival gown with Celia Birdwell print. This romantic extreme length black silk dress features deli...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark / Celia Birtwell chiffon maxi dress with criss-cross lacing, c1976
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
- 100% silk chiffon - Celia Birtwell 'Pointillist' print - Spaghetti straps and criss-cross lacing - Ruffled trimmings on bust C. 1976
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark For Radley Pink Crepe Maxi Dress With Keyhole Neckline
By Ossie Clark
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1970's Ossie Clark for Radley bright pink moss crepe long sleeve maxi dress featuring a keyhole neckline and fabric-covered buttons at neck and bust. The skirt is a wrap skirt and fe...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark moss crepe full length evening dress, Spring-Summer 1969
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Ossie Clark, full length evening dress with flared sleeves. Body of dress in black moss crêpe with V neckline and double collar. Sleeves, skirt and one pair of lapels in black and ye...
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1960s Ossie Clark

1973 Ossie Clark Ivory Red Block-Color Wool Jacket & Maxi Skirt Dress Ensemble
By Ossie Clark
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
English fashion designer, Raymond "Ossie" Clark, was a leading light in the London swinging sixties fashion era and is now renowned for his romantic flowing gowns and seduc...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark 1970 mid length summer dress with Celia Birtwell print
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Ossie Clark 1970 mid length summer dress with Celia Birtwell print
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark 1972 halter neck evening dress and blouse ensemble
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Ossie Clark 1972 halter neck evening dress and blouse ensemble - black moss crepe evening dress with tiered skirt and cross over halter neck straps - peplum brocade evening blouse...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark 1970 black moss crepe halter neck evening dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Ossie Clark 1970 black moss crepe halter neck evening dress
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1990s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark 1970 black moss crepe pant suit
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Ossie Clark 1970 black moss crepe pant suit - blouse with huge billowing sleeves, waist belt, button fastenings and zip closure on side seam - high rise straight leg pants
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark 'Rocker' leather jacket, circa 1966
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
An early Ossie Clark 'Rocker' brown leather jacket, circa 1966, from his couture line. The jacket features pin-tucked bands on the upper sleeves, side panels and upper back, peplum s...
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1960s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark ivory moss crepe 'Floating Daisies' dress, circa 1970s
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Rare Ossie Clark ivory moss crepe dress, with 'Floating Daisies' print by Celia Birtwell. Circa 1970s.
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1970s Ossie Clark

Quorum by Ossie Clark pleated jersey evening gown, circa 1965-68
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Extremely rare and exquisite Ossie Clark for Quorum black jersey evening gown, circa 1965-68. The dress features a scoop neckline, heavily pleated bodice and full skirt, angel sleeve...
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1960s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark snakeskin jacket, c. 1967
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Rare Ossie Clark snakeskin jacket, circa 1967. Peplum waist, metal zip closure, pointed collar, turn over pointed cuff, two front pockets and shoulder caps. Bust 34" Waist ...
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1960s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark black jersey sequinned evening wrap dress with train, C. 1978
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Rare Ossie Clark black jersey evening wrap dress, circa 1978. The dress features sequinned yoke, draped sleeves, low plunge, super high slit and long train at rear. Size: uk 10 eu ...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark marocain dress with Celia Birtwell 'pretty woman' print, c. 1970s
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Highly rare Ossie Clark printed marocain dress, mid 1970s, with 'Pretty Woman' print by Celia Birtwell in shades of blue, green and red, smock-style with ties at the waist, shirred c...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark black moss crepe and satin button up blouse, c. 1970s
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
A beautifully cut Ossie Clark blouse from the 1970s. The blouse features a moss crepe bodice with fabric button closure and satin flared cap sleeves. XS
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1970s Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark Moss Crepe Gown
By Ossie Clark
Located in Geneva, CH
This wrap dress in emerald green moss crepe, is a flattering and glamorous low-cut plunge maxi-length silhouette. Typical of the 70’s Ossie Clark design, with his 30's inspiration si...
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1970s Ossie Clark