1974 Ossie Clark Novelty Serpent Celia Birtwell Print Crepe Tie-Belt Dress


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1974 Ossie Clark Novelty Serpent Celia Birtwell Print Crepe Tie-Belt Dress

$1,600.00 USD

ID: 0426183

Size: medium

Condition: Excellent

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Extremely rare Ossie Clark for Radley sea serpent/snake print moss crepe dress dating back to 1974. 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 seductive ensembles. Ossie Clark vintage clothing is rare, unique and highly collectible. This stunning Celia Birtwell charcoal and beige novelty print dress, from his iconic partnership with Radley, is a perfect example of his talent. The bodice has an alluring tie key-hole with flattering back tie-belted construction! I adore the puff shoulder design with lean, long sleeves. The free flowing tea-length skirt finishes this dress off with the perfect femme fatale vibe. Ossie Clark’s designs 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: 34-35 inches
Waist: Varies due to tie design
Hips: up to 40 inches
Sleeve Length: 26 inches
Total Length: 44 inches

This vintage Ossie Clark dress is in excellent unaltered condition with no stains or holes. Garment slips over the head with no additional closures. Only sign of wear is slight overall age fade to the crepe and one tiny repair to the skirt which is not noticeable when worn. Please message for detailed pictures. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.