Jacket and Maxi-Skirt, Ossie Clark, about 1967

Jacket and Maxi-Skirt, Ossie Clark, about 1967

Jacket and Maxi-Skirt
Ossie Clark (1942-96)
about 1967
Jacket: snakeskin and suede Skirt: wool crepe
Lent by Celia Birtwell
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

In 1966, the chance discovery of rolls of unused snakeskin in a warehouse inspired Ossie Clark to develop a new look that sculpted rather than concealed the torso. He made the skins into fitted jackets, modeled on black leather 'Rocker' jackets, to be worn with culottes and skirts cut to a new longer length.