Raymond “Ossie” Clark (9 June 1942–6 August 1996) was an English fashion designer who was a major figure in the Swinging Sixties scene in London and the fashion industry in that era. As a result, Ossie is now extremely well renowned for his vintage designs, the contemporary fashion era being characterised by past influences and a retro feel to design.
WHO DID HE DRESSED?
Ossie Clark was a key figure in the world of photographers, designers, rock stars and other celebrities who took London by storm in the 60s and 70s. The famous and the fashionable wore Ossie Clark’s designs including Marianne Faithfull, Jimi Hendrix and Patti Boyd. He created jumpsuits for Mick Jagger, silk dresses for Bianca Jagger and dressed Eartha Kitt in snakeskin. Fashion icons like Twiggy, Veruschka, Jean Shrimpton and Penelope Tree modelled the clothes while David Bailey and Guy Bourdin took the photographs. Celebrity outfits in the show will include Twiggy’s fur-lined snakeskin coat, the dress Celia Birwell posed in for David Hockney’s famous double portrait Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy and Talhlita Getty’s red dress.
Going into the 1980s, fashion — British fashion in particular — turned towards the new punk rock craze. Clothing from Vivienne Westwood’s shop on the King’s Road became the most popular look. Ossie Clark’s romantic flowing gowns were no longer in fashion. His fortunes declined and Clark went bankrupt and largely stopped working.