1974 Ossie Clark Black & Red Celia Birtwell Novelty Print Rayon Pleated Dress


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1974 Ossie Clark Black & Red Celia Birtwell Novelty Print Rayon Pleated Dress

$1,400.00 USD

ID: 1012173

Size: large

Condition: Excellent

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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 gowns 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 novelty print silk-rayon dress is a perfect example of his talent. The bodice is a seductive button-down plunge with wide collar and lean, long sleeves. I love the flattering nipped waist silhouette with middle 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.

Bust: 37-38 inches
Waist: 31 inches
Hips: up to 44 inches
Sleeve Length: 24 inches
Total Length: 48 inches

This vintage Ossie Clark Couture for Quorum dress is in excellent condition with perfectly working back-zipper. Freshly dry-cleaned with no rips, stains or holes. Only sign of age is some darkening to the print like the top shoulders which is not noticeable when worn. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.