c1974 Ossie Clark Jumpsuit Celia Birtwell Print & Owned
My client purchased this jumpsuit at a past auction of Celia Birtwell's personal collection of Ossie Clark pieces. This might be the only one ever made. It does not have the label but obviously has the rock solid provenance of being owned by Ms. Birtwell's and coming directly from her collection. Really great Ossie Clark pieces are becoming increasing sought after and this one, with its beautiful floral on a black matte satin, and long, lean lines has to be one of the best Ossie pieces I have yet to have. The design that covers the jumpsuit is her 'One Step, Two Step' print in green mauve and blue. This covers the jumpsuit from the top of the collar to the bottom of that fabulous hem of the wide pant legs. The print is a subtle pop off of the black. The satin fabric choice gives it a bit of an evening feel and also shape and structure. The sleeves are long and lean and the waist seam set high with French pleats detailing that adds to the illusion of added height. The legs seem even longer because of the way it is cut and I love the deep V plunge at the front. The final result is one long, supermodel silhouette. Excellent condition.
The jumpsuit is unlined and closes down the front with a hidden set painted metal zipper.The fabric has no stretch. Unlabelled. I see some stitch marks where it appears some seams were let out to gain length through the torso. Very minor and only seen upon close inspection.
Slightly inset shoulders: 13"
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Slight empire waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 12" from top of bodice to waist
Leg: 49" from slight empire waist to hem
From neck to inner leg seam; 27"
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: Ossie Clark/Celia Birtwell printed black satin jump-suit, circa 1974, from Live Auctioneers Archive.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.