Thursday, January 15, 2009

Poppies, Pre-Radley

For the Ossie Clark fans out there, this post is simply the beginning. Before Ossie was producing collections for Alfred Radley, he was partnered with Alice Pollock, selling the collection under his own name. The pieces from the collections that were produced during those independent years are much harder to come by and far less commercial.

The piece below is a black viscose material with the classic Birtwell pink and green poppy print. Unlike any other Ossie we have had, this one has a black suede bib down the front and back with oval cut-outs on the shoulders. The leather is accented with green scalloped ribbon and silver buckles on the shoulders. Below the bib, both front and back there is amazing pleating work. Just about any Ossie is collectible, but this Ossie is beyond.

Ossie Clark black viscose and suede poppy print dress, c.1965. Marked size 10, contemporary size 4 SOLD

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