1970's Ossie Clark 'Autumn Leaves' Print Cotton Empire Waist Dress
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 falling autumn leaves print cotton dress dating back to the mid-1970's is a perfect example of his talent. The bodice is a low-cut plunge slight empire with lean short sleeves. I love the movement on the pleated full swing skirt. So much yardage! 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.
Measurements Bust: 34-35 inches High Waist: 28 inches Hips: Swing Sweep Total Length: 44 inches
This vintage Ossie Clark for Radley designer dress is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working back-zipper. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.