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Ossie Clark Museum Held Top with Celia Birtwell Candy Flower Print, 1969

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The Candy Flower print, developed by Celia Birtwell for Ossie Clark is, in my opinion, one of the best of the Ossie Prints and is definitely one of the most recognizable. This top has an extra layer of interest in that it has a twin in a different fabric that is currently held in The Met Museum (reference photo here). Our version is in a more opaque fabric and was a custom order for Astrid Lundstrom who was Bill Wyman's common-law wife from 1967 till 1983. Bill was of course the bassist for the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993. This was acquired directly from Astrid. She was a personal friend of Ossie's and he made this top for her himself at her request. It is not labelled as a result - she literally remembers grabbing it the moment it was finished and it never did end up getting a label sewn into it. It is a masterpiece of his work and wraps and ties at the front to close. Astrid was very tiny so on the mannequin the top sits with a space running down the front as she was tinier then the mannequin. If you look at the photo of the op held at The Met you see how it looks fully closed. Ruffles run down the front and cascade from the cuffs. They themselves are especially interesting as they are pieces rectangular panels of fabric and there is an immense amount of fabric used. This is a rare and iconic piece of Ossie's work with the added bonus of a bit of rock and roll provenance and a museum connection. Excellent condition. Unlined and ties to close at the front. Sleeves: 18.5" Shoulders: 13.5" Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam Length: 24.5" from neck to hem Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML Reference Photos: (1) 1970-75 Ossie Clark Blouse from The MET Collection. / (2) Moyra Swan by David Montgomery for Vogue UK July 1969. This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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