Swinging Sixties and the Ossie Clark Exhibition

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Swinging Sixties and the Ossie Clark Exhibition


BORN 9 JUNE 1942  - DIED 6TH AUGUST 1996

Ossie was a fashin designer who was a major figure in the Swinging Sixties scene in London

And still today is well know for his vintage designs by present day designers.

He is compared  to Biba and influenced many other designers including Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Sui and

Manolo Blahnik - who has said of his work that ' He createed an incredible magic with the body and

acheived should do

- produce desire'

 He was born in Warrington, Cheshire and at a young age would make clothes for his nieces and

nephews. He studied architecture at the earkly age of 13 and headed to Manchester metroplotian University

at the age of 16. A mistake his mum made was giving him perscribed pills to keep him awake and alert

and so began his addiction to both perscribed and illegal drugs.

Ossie became friendly and later married Celia Birtwell.

Ossie career in the fashion industry took off and he was featured in the magazine Vogue.

 His peak was 1965 - 1974 wher ehe had many famous clients and made costumes for Mick Jagger, the

Beatles and liza Minelli, among others.

In 1980 mfashion turned to a new ' punk rock' craze and Ossie was not as popular.

Over the years he worked with Radley and he trained the designer bella Freud.

In 1996, 54 year old Ossie was stabbed to death in his council flat inKensington flat in London , by his

then 28 year old Italian former lover, Diego Cogolato. Cogolato was convicted of manslaughter on the

grounds of diminished responsibility and jailed for six years.





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