ossie clark

1970s Silk Celia Birtwell Print Ossie Clark

Insanely sexy and unequivocally Ossie. This silk crepe dress is everything that is iconic about his work. Cut to mimic a thirties swing dress it is all on the bias so has perfect drape and movement once on. The skirt is made of panels of vertical fabric and gently flares out when it reaches the hem. It skims up and over the waist - nipped in by seaming, The bodice is amazing - it is a draped and gathered Maid Marion-eque affair but with a plunge to the empire waist that is held in place by those fabulous ties. You can style the top portion of the dress a few different ways, wearing it on or off shoulder, crossed or more exposed. The back is also gathered and there is a slit so that it is actually entirely open to the back high waist seam. The print is all Celia Birtwell with its bright coral floral design screened on the silk with pops of a lighter blue against the deep blue backdrop. It is sexy, brilliant and iconic. Excellent condition.

Bust: 18" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
At empire seam: 14" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Natural waist: 13.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Bodice length: approx 13" from shoulder to slightly empire waist
Skirt length: 29" from slightly empire waist seam to hem

Unlined, you slip it on and the is closes with a low back zipper. The front has a tie that runs through the circumference of the top bodice.

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML

Item# DD786

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival

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