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Ossie Clark: 1965 - 74
by Judith Watt
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0810966166, Hardcover)This is the first book to focus exclusively on the work of fashion designer Ossie Clark (1942-1996), a key figure in the style and fashion worlds of London in the swinging '60s. Clark created jumpsuits for Mick Jagger, silk dresses for Bianca Jagger, and snakeskin out?ts for Eartha Kitt, and is the subject of a famous portrait by David Hockney. The fusion of his brilliant cutting with the extraordinary prints created by his wife, textile designer Celia Birtwell, resulted in designs that paid witty homage to Art Deco and Hollywood glamour.
Author Judith Watt has interviewed models, friends, and colleagues from the 1960s-and has unearthed exclusive audio archives featuring Ossie Clark himself-to create this unprecedented portrait of a major figure in modern fashion. The illustrations include Vogue fashion shoots (including images by such famous photographers as David Bailey), portraits, documentary photographs, wonderful unpublished sketches owned by Birtwell, and stunning new photographs of iconic outfits.
Published to accompany a major retrospective exhibition, this book will bring new admirers to the work of a man whose continuing influence can be seen in the work of John Galliano, Gucci, Prada, and other major designers.
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"This is the first book to focus on the work of Ossie Clark, a key figure in 1960s and 1970s London and one of the most important designers in British fashion. His golden era lasted from 1965 to 1974, when fashion, photography, art, music and the cult of the personality all flourished as never before in the glittering world of 'Swinging London'." "Drawing on interviews with Celia Birtwell, models and friends, and on exclusive audio archives featuring Ossie himself, Judith Watt brings to life the vibrant and artistic milieu in which his talent flourished. Juxtaposing sophisticated Vogue fashion shoots and photos of some of the famous names of the day - Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, Verushka, Amanda Lear - with stunning new photography of iconic outfits and the wonderfully lively sketches produced by Ossie and Celia, the illustrations evoke a time when London was the epicentre of the fashion world and Ossie was one of its leading lights. Ossie Clark was much admired by his peers and his legacy can be seen today in the work of many major designers. This long-overdue celebration of his work will be welcomed by fashion-lovers and students alike and will re-establish him as a major force in recent fashion history."--BOOK JACKET.
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