Alongside with Biba, photographer David Bailey, top models Twiggy and Jane Shrimpton and a new generation of Cult shops like "Granny Takes a Trip", Ossie Clark was a genius designer in 60's Swinging London.
Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, David Hockney 1970/71.
I cannot mention Ossie Clark without having in mind the painting "Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy" from David Hockney 1970/1971, featuring Ossie Clark and his wife and textile designer Celia Birtwell.. Hockney made the painting short after their wedding.
Ossie Clark wedding in 1970 with textile designer Celia Britwell
Ossie Clark and Celia Britwell
Clark was a major figure in the 1960's "Swinginging London" together with Mary Quant and Biba. a period that was breaking rules in the way of clothing. The Ossie Clark style had a great influence on Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Sui or Tom Ford. When Cecil Beaton was photographing Ossie Clark, he said about Ossie. Clark, that he was a modern incarnation of the typical English with a true vision of the world. The well known shoe designer Manolo Blahnik said about Clark's work:
"He created an incredible magic with the body and achieved what fashion should do - produce desire".
Ossie Clark 1967
The London from Ossie's vision in the new fashion
Celia Britwell prints
Keith Richard from the Roling Stones with Anita Pallenberg dressed in Ossie Clark in front of the cult shop "Granny Takes a trip"
original Ossie Clark designs revisited in 2008 by Avsh Alom Gur.
Emma Watson in vintage Ossie clark dress.
Ossie Clark inspired following designers; Anna Sui, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Dries Van Noten, Malcolm Hall, Clements Ribeiro, Marc Jacobs, Prada and Gucci.
In 1996 Ossie Clark, 54, was found at his Holland flat 57 times stabbed to death, his then 28 years Italian old former lover Diego Cogolato.