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Ossie Clark Black Silk Empire Feather Print Gown, 2008

$1,875 Asking Price

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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 delicate feather and floral prints in beautiful fall/autumn gem tones. The dress' top layer of silk chiffon features a colorful feather print that gently floats over the silk lining underneath it. The lining of the dress features a lively feather and floral print that peeks out from underneath the top layer of silk. The dress features a V-neck with collar, empire waist, five small buttons, and bishop sleeves. Empire Waist: 31 1/2, Wrist: 9 inches *All garments and accessories have been professionally cleaned and thoroughly checked before shipping. They are ready to wear upon arrival. *Shipping includes signature required and insured full value

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  • Designer
  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Marked Size: 10 (UK)Bust: 37 in. (93.98 cm)Shoulder to Hem: 73.75 in. (187.33 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    United Kingdom
  • Period
  • Condition
    New with tags.
  • Seller Location
    Houston, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU10322037693

About the Manufacturer

Ossie Clark

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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