Mini-dress, Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell

Mini-dress, Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell

Mini-dress
Ossie Clark (designer, 1942-96), and Celia Birtwell (textile designer, born 1941)
1969
London
Printed rayon and crêpe
Museum no. T.258-1990
Given by Linda Lloyd-Jones

A fashionable young woman would have worn this garment either as a mini-dress or with trousers. The textile design is a plain grid pattern. A simple waist-tie gives shapely definition to the loose tunic-style. This was one of the first Ossie Clark designs for his less expensive Radley label. Clark was one of Britain's most influential fashion designers of the 1960s and 70s.