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Vintage 1972 Ossie Clark Red Crepe Celia Birtwell Floral Print Puff-Sleeve Dress

$1,500

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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 ensembles. Ossie Clark vintage clothing is rare, unique and highly collectible. One of the best things about Ossie Clark pieces come from his collaboration with the great Celia Birtwell. She created all of his prints and the combination of her use of color and his use of cut was magical. This stunning red deco floral moss-crepe dress is a perfect example of his talent. The bodice is a seductive low-cut plunge with short sculpted puff-sleeves. I love the back sash-belt design with pleated swing skirt! Ossie Clark's designs, especially those made in Celia Birtwell's prints, are right in step with 21st-century style. His genius comes from his ability to borrow from the past but capture the spirit of the now, creating timeless designs with a strong sense of place. In Judith Watt's book, Ossie Clark: 1965-1974, Anna Sui explains, "He dressed the woman we all wanted to be: the rock star's girlfriend." So as long as there is rock, Clark's look is one that won't fall from style. Perfect for Valentine's Day! Measurements Bust:37-38 inches Waist:29 inches Hips:Swing Sweep Total Length:42 inches This vintage Ossie Clark for Radley designer dress is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.

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  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Bust: 38 in. (96.52 cm)Waist: 29 in. (73.66 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    England
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    Moss-Crepe
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3092222673

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About the Designer

Ossie Clark

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 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 designer Manolo Blahnik once said, “He created an incredible magic with the body and achieved what fashion should do — produce desire.”Find vintage Ossie Clark evening dresses, blouses and more at 1stDibs.
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