Prints are abounding this season and I can’t help but think about the influence of Ossie Clark and textile designer Celia Birtwell. In fact, many style icons featured on this blog rubbed elbows with the influential duo, back in the heyday of the late 1960’s and early 70’s.
|Jane Birkin wearing Ossie Clark|
|Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell|
It has been said that this union of sartorial genius epitomized the wild, fast paced, boundary-pushing culture of swinging London. In 1966, the couple teamed up with Alice Pollock and Quorum, a shop that was frequented by many celebs such as Marianne Faithful, Keith Richards, Anita Pallenberg and other high-end clientele. Becoming more of a hub then a retail shop, fashion and rock & roll became intertwined like never before. Clark was invested in not just crafting design but a lifestyle, earning himself the title of ‘The King of King’s Road’.
As a lover of the far-out, dancing and music, Clark’s designs were intentionally unrestricted and had great flow and movement. Paired with Birtwell’s bold, bohemian textiles, the couple put forth an image that was anything but conventional. An original Ossie Clark gown is a highly coveted vintage garment and the style influence of both Clark and Birtwell are referenced frequently in modern day pieces.