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Ossie Clark

British, 1942-1996

It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that neither the Swinging Sixties nor the hippie looks of the 1970s would have been what they were if not for Ossie Clark, who popularized the flamboyant fashion 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 clothing 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 inextricably linked 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 footwear icon Manolo Blahnik once said, “He created an incredible magic with the body and achieved what fashion should do — produce desire.”

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Designer: 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

1970s Ossie Clarke Black Muslin Embroidered Maxi Dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
This is one of the more unusual dresses from fashion superstar Ossie Clark for British retailer Radley circa 1973- 1975. Rather than it being made from a black moss crepe, this is 10...
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1970s Ossie Clark

1970s Ossie Clark Black Crepe Halter Neck Dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
This is a very early 1970s dress from Ossie Clark’s couture range when he designed and collaborated with Alice Pollock of the infamous Quorum Boutique during the "swinging 60s" in Lo...
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1970s 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

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

1970s Ossie Clarke Black Moss Crepe Maxi Dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
Original 1970s Ozzie Clark for Radley moss crepe shirtwaister dress. This is the classic Ozzie design that has made him one of the most enduring and admired fashion designers of the ...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage 1970s Ossie Clark For Radley Floral Polka-Dot Deco Print Cotton Jumpsuit
By Ossie Clark, Ossie Clark for Radley
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Fantastic and ultra-rare Ossie Clark for Radley cotton print jumpsuit dating back to the mid-1970's. English fashion designer, Raymond "Ossie" Clark, was a leading light in the Londo...
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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 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

Vintage 1970's Ossie Clark for Radley Pink Celia Birtwell Print Crepe Dress Set
By Ossie Clark, Ossie Clark for Radley
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A gorgeous Celia Birtwell print silk-crepe Ossie Clark for Radley ensemble that is both timeless and chic. Radley was a British clothing manufacturing company of the 1960's through t...
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1970s 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 pink silk chiffon maxi dress with Celia Birtwell print, ss 1976
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
▪ Ossie Clark pink silk chiffon maxi dress ▪ Georges Seurat inspired print by Celia Birtwell ▪ Red, blue and green with pink ground ▪ String cleavage fastening ▪ Criss-cross string ...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage 1970s 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 black and yellow moss crepe trumpet sleeve maxi dress, ss 1969
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
▪ Ossie Clark black and yellow moss crepe maxi dress ▪ Print by Celia Birtwell ▪ Trumpet sleeves ▪ Skirt of multiple panels with pointed edges at hip ▪ Collar with four pointed lap...
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1960s 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 pink moss crepe maxi dress featuring a wrap skirt with extra long waist ties, a collared neckline with keyhole opening detail, fabric-covered buttons an...
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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

Ossie Clark Black 70's dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Black crêpe dress ( knee lenght) with rhinestone button in the middle front and raven's button in the back
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1970s 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

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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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

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

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 '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

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

Ossie Clark angel-sleeve drawstring dress with print by Celia Birtwell, ss 1971
By Ossie Clark
Located in London, GB
▪ Ossie Clark angel-sleeve dress ▪ 'Busy Lizzie' floral print by Celia Birtwell ▪ Pink and green with black ground ▪ Loose fit ▪ Drawstring fastening around chest and shoulders ...
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1970s Ossie Clark

Vintage White Ossie Clark Moss Crepe Jacket
By Ossie Clark, Ossie Clark for Radley
Located in London, GB
A fun white vintage mosss crepe jacket by Ossie Clark for Radley. The jacket has a pointed collar with two pockets and a button front opening. Measurements: Bust up to 38'', lengt...
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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 Iconic Poppy Print Day Dress
By Ossie Clark
Located in Riverdale, NY
Iconic Ossie Clark for Radley black moss crepe day dress, with a red and black Art deco inspired poppy print by Celia Birtwell. Self covered buttons, puffed sleeves narrow to wrist ...
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1970s Ossie Clark

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

Ossie Clark Summer Vibrant Purple Moss Crepe Gown Vintage 1970's London
By Radley, Ossie Clark
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

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 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

1970's OSSIE CLARK black moss crepe dress with red trim and cut out neckline
By Ossie Clark, Ossie Clark for Radley
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

Vintage 1970s 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

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

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 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

Vintage 1970's Ossie Clark Deco Cherries Celia Birtwell Print Crepe Mini Dress
By Ossie Clark, Ossie Clark for Radley
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A totally chic and collectable Ossie Clark for Radley designer moss-crepe dress dating back to the mid 1970's. English fashion designer, Raymond Ossie Clark, was a leading light in t...
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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

Ossie Clark fashion for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Ossie Clark fashion. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of red, pink, blue and other tones. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Those interested in this designer might also find the work of Pauline Trigère, James Galanos and Bob Mackie appealing. Find designer Ossie Clark fashion from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs, vintage and haute couture. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at US$537 and tops out at US$7,822, while the average work can sell for US$2,000.

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