Ossie Clark 1865-74 (out of print)
This is the first full survey of the work of fashion designer Ossie Clark - a key figure in 1960s and 1970s London. His golden era lasted from the mid 60s to the mid 70s, when fashion, photography, art and music all flourished as never before in the glamorous world of 'Swinging London'. Endlessly innovative, Ossie Clark brought street style to London's most fashionable people. A 'master cutter', he was also a celebrity in his own right, numbering among his friends David Hockney, Patrick Proctor, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Patti Boyd and George Harrison. His collaboration with his wife, the textile designer Celia Birtwell, saw the blossoming of a new young and exciting era for British fashion. 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. Vogue fashion shoots and photos of some of the famous names of the day - Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, Veruschka, Amanda Lear - combine with stunning new photography of iconic outfits and the wonderfully vibrant sketches produced by Ossie and Celia. This long-overdue celebration of Clark's work re-established him as a major force in recent fashion history and this paperback edition will be welcomed by fashion-lovers and students alike. About the Author: Judith Watt is a fashion historian who combines teaching at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design with writing and research. She has contributed to a number of books on contemporary fashion, including The Fashion Book and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Fashion Writing for which she acted as overall editor. She writes for many magazines and newspapers including Vogue, Harpers and Queen and The Guardian.