Iconc 1970s Ossie Clark Red Moss Crepe Button Front Halter Dress
This is the second time I have had this red version of this Ossie Clark and I love even more now. This is one of those classic Ossie Clark for Radley pieces that are recognizable in a flash, even more so after Rihanna wore hers a few years back. The dress is made from a red moss crepe. Moss crepe was his signature fabric and it really allowed Ossie the freedom to create the drape and shapes that he wanted his dresses to have. This one has a barely there halter top, created from two triangles of fabric that come out from the high cut waist. These extend into long ties that ties behind the back of the neck. They plunge low and wide at the front and at back it is left entirely bare and open. The waist is shaped to follow your curves and then the skirt widens out towards the hem with several yards of fabric used. Buttons are set off side under the bust and run down the front. Excellent condition with a minor note below
Unlined through the skirt and backed in a red silky rayon behind the halter. It ties at the back of the neck and buttons down the front. There is the very tiny occasional pill on the fabric - this is very normal with moss crepe and impossible to avoid. Extremely minor. The buttons could be moved to adjust the fit.
Band under bust at top of the band: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist at bottom of the band: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 13" from neck to bottom waist seam + 3" band
Skirt: 41" from bottom of the waist band to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Rihanna in Ossie Clark, New York, September 2013.
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