1976 Ossie Clark for Radley Pink Celia Birtwell Print Crepe Flutter Dress Set
A gorgeous Celia Birtwell print silk-crepe ensemble that is both timeless and chic. Radley was a British clothing manufacturing company of the 1960's through the early 1980's. The main designer for the company, Raymond "Ossie: Clark, was a leading light in the London swinging sixties fashion era and is now renowned for his romantic flowing dresses. 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. The blouse is an elegant flutter-sleeve drape with tons of buttons adoring each side. This detail adds so much depth and texture to the ensemble. I love the matching hourglass nipped-waist swing skirt which is extremely figure flattering. With this set you have one complete outfit or two amazing separates. 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 Blouse Bust: 35-36 inches Total Length: 25 inches Skirt Waist: 26 inches Hips: Free Sweep Total Length: 30 inches
This vintage Radley ensemble is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or discoloration. The blouse slips over the head with covered-buttons. The matching skirt has a perfectly working side-zipper. This set is over 40 years old and is truly stunning.