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“EXCELLENT VINTAGE CONDITION ~ THE MOST GORGEOUS, EXQUISITE TRUE VINTAGE 60s/70s MINI WEDDING DRESS ”... Read more
03 May, 2014 03:46:15 BST
Ivybridge, United Kingdom
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|Seller notes:||“EXCELLENT VINTAGE CONDITION ~ THE MOST GORGEOUS, EXQUISITE TRUE VINTAGE 60s/70s MINI WEDDING DRESS WITH FANTASTIC FLUTED SLEEVES BY SOUGHT AFTER DESIGNER OSSIE CLARK ~ ICONIC, IMPOSSIBLY RARE, BEYOND FABULOUS!!”|
100% Silk Crepe with silky underdress
EURO 36 (may fit 34-40) pls see measurements
US 4/6 (may fit US 2-10) pls see measurements
True Vintage Designer Wedding Dress/Mini Dress
|This dress has...:||
the most iconic & fabulous fluted Fortuny sleeves
|The size in this dress is::||
UK 8 ~ vintage size so please see measurements
UK 8 (may fit 6-12) pls see measurements
ICONIC & SO STUNNING,
ELEGANT SIMPLICITY, ANGELICALLY SEXY : by OSSIE CLARK
"He created an incredible magic with the body and achieved what fashion should do ~ produce desire..." ~ Manolo Blahnik
MINI / WEDDING DRESS
With the most FABULOUS fluted / pleated bell-shaped angel sleeves
EXQUISITE, ICONIC, BREATHTAKING..
A dream of a dress ~ 60s/70s True Vintage Original
by RENOWNED DESIGNER
~ Wedding ~ Bohemian ~ Honeymoon ~ Red Carpet ~ Pop Art ~ London ~ Paris ~ Beatnik ~ Free Spirit ~ 60s Op Art ~ 70s ~ Rock Chick ~ Goddess ~ Wearable Art...
VERY RARE, ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND ~ EXTREMELY SOUGHT AFTER IN THIS MINI DRESS DESIGN WITH THE REALLY & UNIQUE SLEEVES...IF YOU LOVE IT, DON'T MISS IT!!!
We offer layaway / instalment payments on this item ~ please enquire.
Vintage ~ Iconic ~ Wedding ~ Sensual ~ Desire ~ Sexuality ~ Free Spirit ~ Evocative ~ Rare ~ 70s ~ 60s ~Timeless ~ Hippie-Luxe ~ Bohemian Glamour ~ Free Love ~ Festival ~ Swinging Sixties ~ Rock Star ~ Pop Art ~ Avant Garde ~ Summer of Love ~ London ~ Paris ~ Left Bank ~ Beatnik ~ Warhol ~ Studio 54 ~ Wearable Art ~ Freedom ~ Groovy ~ Rock Chick ~ Liberation ~ Artist ~ Poet ~ Dancer ~ Supermodel ~ Red Carpet ~ Rare ~ BEYOND FABULOUS...
Ossie Clark ~ The Designer's Designer
Elegant Simplicity ~ Angelically Sexy ~ Free Spirit ~ Bohemian Luxury ~ Wedding ~ Beautiful...
"He created an incredible magic with the body and achieved what fashion should do ~ produce desire..." ~ Manolo Blahnik
THE MOST FABULOUS MINI DRESS WITH ABSOLUTELY STUNNING AND ICONIC 60s / 70s SLEEVES : An ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL true vintage very early 1970s mini dress/wedding dress by Ossie Clark which is... simply beautiful!!! Such elegant simplicity ~ and angelically sexy...
This superb, sought after designer was internationally renowned for his signature, sweeping maxi dresses so to see such a beautiful a mini dress by him in such lovely vintage condition is extremely unusual and very rare ~ a fabulous find!!!
The captivating creamy white creation is a classic, short shift with iconic 60s/70s A-line shaping which flares slightly and falls perfectly in the softest smooth fabric while skimming the body and flattering the form. It features a chic rounded neckline, a very pretty v-shaped seam on the waist which defines the waist, a long centre back zip and is lined in soft, cream silky-satin ~ expertly tailored and effortlessly exquisite. The fabric is a creamy white (the studio lights make it look a bit whiter than it is, a soft creamy white ~ the fabric of the dress is very smooth, and although there is no fabric label, we are estimating that this is possibly a smooth silk crepe. It is a smooth, matt and lovely fabric as you would expect from Ossie Clark.
Such a fabulous, softly flowing shape would make the most outstanding and unusual wedding dress – whether at a 60s or 70s themed wedding, or just because it’s such an achingly chic, stunning dress!
And as for those sleeves…. WOW!!! They really are the crowning glory of this dress. Deeply pleated so that when they hang down the pleats are tight and razor sharp, yet when you move your arms they fan out huge and stunning into the most extraordinarily perfect Fortuny pleats, so divine ~ shaped and crafted into precision folds which spread open out into the most amazing bell shape, they hold their shape while flowing from the upper sleeves ~ a fabulous feature of this gorgeous garment that makes such a stunning style statement!
The designer Manolo Blahnik has said of Ossie Clark’s work: "He created an incredible magic with the body and achieved what fashion should do ~ produce desire."
This dress is certainly desirable… and so much more. Whether you wear it to feel stylish and special for a special evening event, or as a fabulously fashionable wedding dress, this is the perfect piece for those who want something stunning, sensual, unique and iconic. A sure-fire stunner and a heavenly head-turner by a genius British designer whose vision was exemplary, and whose creations were (and still are) extremely coveted and whose talent was simply unsurpassed.
Excellent vintage condition in all-over creamy white ~ as this is vintage and such a light colour there might be slight marks you could find if you peer close up for them, but nothing that we could find to note. No fabric label and so we are estimating 100% softest silk crepe, matt and smooth, with a cream, silky lining to the bodice and skirt.
Iconic label reads ‘designed by OSSIE CLARK for Radley’ and is a superb example of early 70s design and fashion-forward flair.
We offer layaway / instalment payments on this items ~ please enquire if you interested in spreading the payments.
SIZE: The label in this dress is a UK size 8 ~ however we estimate that this dress will fit other sizes also ~ please see below and also see measurements to be sure of fit.
UK 8 ~ may fit UK 6 - 12 ~ please see measurements.
EURO 36 ~ may fit EURO 34 - 40 ~ please see measurements.
US 4/6 ~ may fit US 2 - 10 ~ please see measurements.
All measurements are taken with the garment laid flat so please double up for all the way around where appropriate.
All measurements are taken with the garment pulled a bit to flatten ~ and please be aware that there is inevitably a slight discrepancy in the ways people measure ~ so all measurements are approximate and please give or take about a ¼ inch or so either way.
Please measure against a similar garment of your own which you know fits you well.
Bust ~ armpit to armpit across front ~ approx: 18 inches
Waist ~ approx: 15 inches
Length ~ taken from shoulder seam where it meets neckline, and down back of garment to hem ~ approx: 33½ inches
Sleeve Length ~ taken from shoulder seam and along top of sleeve ~ approx: 25 inches.
History : Ossie Clark ~ The Designer's Designer
High on the list of designers past and present who had, and continue to have, a major impact on fashion, is the British designer Ossie Clark ~ arguably the most gifted British designer of his generation and renowned for his vintage clothing by present-day designers all over the world.
As a major figure on the 1960s and 1970s fashion scene and an absolute innovator of those decades’ style, he flew the flag for designs which were smart, beautiful and desirable, producing the most fabulous designs in collaboration with print designer Celia Birtwell. The partnership with Birtwell would last for almost all of Clark's fashion career and in addition to being his undoubted muse (and later, his wife), it was her designs that he used to create his.
When Alice Pollock's exclusive boutique Quorum featured his designs in 1966, Clark quickly got noticed. Quorum was part of the new London boutique culture. This new and radical retail concept of the ‘boutique’ had a huge impact on the way fashion was sold ~ and these boutiques, such as Quorum, produced unique and innovative clothing which was often romantic and dreamy while endorsing an identity of individuality, freedom and rebellion which reflected the tastes of the owners and designers alike.
Clark’s design style in the mid 60s was heavily influenced by pop-art, Bridget Riley’s Op-art, David Hockney (whose iconic portrait ‘Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy’ hangs in London’s Tate Gallery [see painting above]) and Hollywood glamour ~ and he’s undoubtedly renowned for his vintage clothing: exquisite, flowing maxi dresses in fabulous colours and bold flower prints, smocks in chiffon, and sleek halter-neck dresses, bold and pain or in stunning patterns. His love of blissful, muted colours and moss crepe fabric was also well known ~ and adored ~ as was his fondness for Fortuny-style pleats on dresses and coats.(Fortuny was an early 20th century Italian designer, experimental and innovative, who hand-crafted pleats of fine silk which held their shape and flowed on the body. No one has been able to recreate pleating as fine, or dresses that have held their shape so perfectly, for many years. Indeed, Fortuny’s dresses are now seen as skilled works of art ~ as are Clark’s designs ~ and many survive, still pleated, in museums and personal collections all over the world).
In the late 60s and especially in the early 70s, Ossie Clark hit a rich vein with his flamboyant designs. Dubbed "The King Of King's Road", his clients were beautiful and famous and adored his exquisitely tailored and sensual pieces, and Ossie’s list of clients featured such iconic peers as Julie Christie, Twiggy, Penelope Tree, Marianne Faithfull, Talitha Getty, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Jean Shrimpton, The Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Marc Bolan and Jimi Hendrix ~ to name but a few. He dressed, in the most beautiful and flamboyant creations, the rich and famous who inhabited the ‘beau monde’ of late 1960s and early 1970s London, while his popularity also extended to New York cool and Paris chic.
In 1967, Clark presented his first fashion show under the patronage of Radley, a seminal turning point in the history of fashion shows ~ his initial London collection was the first British fashion show to feature black models. In 1968 he designed the first of many diffusion lines for Radley. The label ‘Ossie Clark for Radley’ would make his coveted late 60s and early 70s clothing available to a high street clientele and here he found another very appreciative audience who again adored his designs with as much desire as his couture clientele.
Aside from the obvious attraction and desirability of his sought after creations, his genuine appreciation of the female form ~ and an inherent understanding of how women wanted to look and feel ~ gave an enviable yet admired credence to his work and played a huge role in the popularity of his clothing, from his sensual maxi dresses to his languid trouser suits. His great idol was the famous dancer Nijinsky, and his love of dance inspired his clothes to be free moving and unrestrictive to the female form, a style that became very popular in the 60s and 70s thanks largely to the esteem and influence of Clark's clothing.
The sense of idealism, optimism, innovation, experimentation and revolution, in all spheres of society, and which permeated the 60s and 70s, was enhanced by an explosion of creativity and brilliance, and never more so than in fashion. Changing attitudes gave rise to a new-found sense of freedom as society discovered colour, flamboyance and style which liberated a multitude of groundbreaking fashion trends ~ and which translated into innovative clothing which an eager audience of women craved, wanting something different which reflected their desire for new freedoms. Clark was among the shining lights of 1960s and 1970s fashion designers who left their mark and their legacy with a glorious imprint of definitive dressing that continues to inspire, excite, innovate and endure. His influence can be seen in collections by Marc Jacobs, Prada, Gucci, Anna Sui, Tom Ford and Manolo Blahnik, to name but a few, and his original and collaborative collections remain highly regarded and desired, while the label and its caché continues to thrive.
Clark’s glorious fashions fit the contemporary mould while still evoking a particular style idyll reminiscent of revolutionary fashion shapes that typified the all-conquering ‘swinging London’ scene and, as such, are now more favoured and sought after than ever. Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, among other red carpet celebrities, are among those often seen in his exemplary designs, especially wearing his vintage dresses which are snapped up whenever they are offered for sale, not only to women who want to wear them and feel beautiful, but by collectors as well.
In 2003/04, London’s V&A museum showcased the extraordinary brilliance of Ossie Clark, a designer’s designer who not only dressed the beautiful people beautifully, but whose enduring influence simply can’t be overstated. To quote Judith Watt ~ writer and fashion historian: "He was not just a man of his time...his work stands with the greats..."
THEATRE of FASHION
20th Century Vintage & Contemporary
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