ossie clark

1971 Ossie Clark Silk Smock Dress

This Ossie Clark couture dress was made for the 1971 collection according to my client who bought it then. It is made of a heavy black silk with a floral design in a glossier tone worked directly into the fabric. The cut is classic Ossie and also showcases his incredible tailoring - more so then many of his pieces. It has almost Victorian feel neckline and a flapper-esque dropped skirt. The collar is high and buttons over itself with shoulders set slightly in and sleeves that narrow at the wrist. The body of the dress billows out quite full and drops into a fuller low skirt. It is not till you get close to the dress that you fully realize its genius. The entire top of the front and shoulders are done in tiny flat pleats that allow for the fullness of the fabric through the body once they are released from their pleats. It is cut to fit quite easily as it is completely a smock design that flows from the shoulders - so it will fit a variety of sizes. Do keep in mind these are cut narrow through the shoulder. Excellent condition and the fabric really reacts nicely to the light - much better in person!

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: 13" from seam to seam
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: open
Hips: open
Bodice: 30" from shoulder to dropped waist
Skirt: 22" from dropped waist to hem

Unlined and slips on to wear. It closes at the neck with fabric covered buttons. There is a tiny nick of fabric off the top layer of one shoulder but it does not go through. This does not detract and it is stable.

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML

Item# DD1022

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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