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Raymond "Ossie" Clark 9 June — 6 August was an English fashion designer who was a major figure in the Swinging Sixties scene in London and the fashion industry in that era. Clark is now Ossie clark pants for his vintage designs by present-day designers. Manolo Blahnik has said of Ossie Clark's work: Born in WarringtonLancashire, [1] England inRaymond Clark, along with his parents Anne and Samuel Clark and his siblings, moved to Oswaldtwistle during the war, hence his nickname, "Ossie".

Anne Ossie clark pants been expecting a girl and so had no name picked out for her new baby.

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She let the midwife name him Raymond. Ossie and his brother John sang in the church choir at St Oswald's Church in Winwickwhere Ossie won awards for his vocal talents.

Family and friends noted that from a very early age Ossie clark pants was "brilliant at doing anything". Young Ossie would make clothes for his nieces and nephews. He practised tailoring clothing on his dolls Ossie clark pants designed swimsuits for the neighbourhood girls when not yet 10 years old. Roy Thomas, the art Ossie clark pants at Ossie's secondary school — himself heavily-involved in fabric art — recognised Ossie's creative flair and gave him a large collection of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar magazines.

Clark pored over these magazines and absorbed the glamour and cutting edge fashion.

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At the age of 13 Ossie studied architecture in school. He later said that the experience was "invaluable". The class Ossie clark pants him the fundamentals of proportion, height and volume. He would later go on to use all of these to great effect in his fashion designs. Ossie had to get up very early in the morning to make the long trip from home to college each day. Anne Clark would give Ossie prescribed pills to keep him awake and alert.

This would be the start of a lifelong addiction to both prescribed and illegal drugs. The pair started out as just good friends but that friendship soon developed into Ossie clark pants love affair. Ossie also became good friends with artist David Hockney during this period. Clark and Hockney took an inspirational trip to New York City together while still at college where they made many valuable connections in the fashion, art and entertainment communities. The friends are widely rumoured to have been lovers with a Ossie clark pants relationship.

Clark graduated from the Regional College of Art in Clark then attended the Royal College of Art in London and achieved a first-class degree in Ossie's degree fashion show at the RCA was a huge success.

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At this time his design style was heavily influenced by Pop Art and Hollywood glamour. The final line-up featured a dress with flashing lightbulbs down the front which was shown in every Ossie clark pants newspaper and Ossie clark pants publication the Ossie clark pants day. The fashion press swamped Ossie clark pants with requests for photo-shoots and special order garments.

In August that year he had his first feature in British Vogue. A popular shop named 'Woollands 21' in London's Sloane Street was the first to begin selling Ossie Clark's clothing line. He quickly began Ossie clark pants make his mark in the fashion industry, with Alice Pollock 's exclusive boutique Quorum featuring his designs in Clark had been introduced to Pollock at his RCA show by Quorum's backer at the behest of Hockney and so taken with the young designer was she that she immediately decided to bring him in as co designer for Quorum.

Ossie presented a collection of white and cream chiffon garments that sold fast. Pollock wanted Clark's clothes to have a more organic feel and so commissioned Celia Birtwell to produce special textiles for the next collection. In this way, one of fashions most famous collaborations was born: This partnership would last for almost all of Clark's career in fashion. Author Judith Watt comments: This was a joint effort. People say that she was his muse, which indeed she was, but their work absolutely went hand in hand.

It was her designs that he used to create his. I think it's unfair that she not be given that Ossie clark pants. Ossie was noted, from this period on, for buying six new record albums a week, all from the newest and most popular recording artists. His Ossie clark pants of music and art were legendary amongst Ossie's friends.

Also at this time Ossie began to take hard drugs more recreationally with friend and business partner Alice Pollock. His simple, elegant dresses were widely copied by the designers on Seventh Avenue. The period from to is regarded as his zenith, during which time he had many famous clients.

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Ossie clark pants In the late s, Clark hit a rich vein for his flamboyant clothing range. The fashion press dubbed Ossie the "King of King's Road". Clark pronounced himself a "master cutter. It's all in my brain and fingers and there's no-one in the world to touch me.

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I can do everything myself. This style of dressing became quite popular in the s thanks in large part to the popularity of Clark's clothing.

Ossie Clark is well known for his use of muted colours and Ossie clark pants crepe fabric.

He also designed shoes, paper dresses, and snakeskin jackets. While Ossie and Alice were great at creating an Ossie clark pants and drawing in the rich and famous, they were less successful at managing a business. Many garments were given away to celebrities or just disappeared from the shop. ByQuorum, the partnership between Alice Pollock and Ossie, was deeply in debt and Alice's financial backer, Mike Armitage, a stockbroker, decided there was little possibility of Quorum ever making a profit and he and Alice agreed to sell Quorum to a large UK fashion house, Radley run by Alfred Radley.

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Radley took over Quorum's debts and put the management onto a sound basis. Alfred Radley was keen to maintain what made Ossie special and so he continued to support Ossie clark pants aspirations by developing the Ossie Clark brand and funding large annual fashion shows, expanding Quorum's retail business and Ossie clark pants Ossie's dresses to leading retailers around the world through the Ossie clark pants of the "Ossie Clark for Radley" collections.

It was a seminal turning point in the history of fashion shows which were never to be the same again. He also showed his first full collection in London's Berkeley Square.

It was also the first British fashion show to feature black models. In Clark designed his first of many diffusion lines for Radley, "Ossie Clark for Radley" that made his clothes available to a high street clientele.

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Clark was not just popular in London, but also in New York and Paris. He dressed the rich and famous who inhabited the beau monde of the late s and early s of London.

Clark got in on the ground floor of many of the popular performers and actors of the time period and was accepted in their circles when many other designers were not.

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This gave him many advantages to dress the rich and famous. Peter Gabriel borrowed a red Clark dress from his wife Ossie clark pants to wear with a fox's head, as depicted on the cover of the Genesis album Foxtrot.

Inhe married Celia Birtwelland they had two sons, Albert and George, together. Clark had long hoped for a large family of his own and his children were a great joy in his life. Clark freely adopted the hedonistic lifestyle of the s and s: Clark and Birtwell divorced in the s. This started a slow downward spiral for Ossie, who never recovered emotionally from the separation from Ossie clark pants and his two children.

With his family structure and work stability now gone, his creative output became strained. However in Ossie went into business with Tony Calder Ossie clark pants Peter Lee and for two years Ossie enjoyed a revival with hugely successful fashion shows, rave reviews and commercial stability.

Fashion writer, Ann Chubb wrote "It is great to see him right back on form again after a few years in the doldrums". Going into the s, fashion—British fashion in particular—turned towards the new punk rock craze. Clark's romantic flowing gowns were no longer in fashion. His fortunes declined to bankruptcy and he largely stopped working commercially.

Famously devoid of business acumen, he blamed his downfall on banks and the taxman's ruthless insistence on cashing in all his assets. His bitterness at this and a short-sighted determination to sit out the bankruptcy term, along with deep depression, meant he worked only on private commissions that were paid for by barter.

A loyal band of famous clients and Ossie clark pants would order a dress and pay for it by loaning a holiday house in the Caribbean or paying for his sewing machine to be repaired. In he was persuaded by a friend to go back to work Ossie clark pants Radley.

Clark produced some beautiful garments with shoulder details Ossie clark pants on sea shells but according to his diaries was then sacked by Radley that same year.

It was put to me that as my designs weren't selling they couldn't continue to invest in me and I was given two weeks notice on the 19th of October I wasn't offered a choice of continuing to work or not—I was fired. Although the s were chaotic and nomadic there were brighter sides to his life charted in his published diaries.


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