Ossie Clark-Original v Relaunch?

Ossie Clark-Relaunched by Avsh Alom Gur
sorry, but not my cup of tea I'm afraid

An Ossie Clark original
I would adore this in my wardrobe!!

It goes without saying I am a great fan of Ossie Clark. I have not read his diaries, but I have his biography which is a brilliant read by Judith Watt.

While googling today, I found some more facts about Ossie, that I previously didn't know and which I thought I would share. These are from Fashion Encyclopedia:

As a freelance designer, he not only sold to Quorum in London he also sold worldwide to Henri Bendel in New York, Mendes, a french ready to wear firm and to Fiorucci in Italy.
In 1977, Ossie had his own company using the design label Ossie Clark Ltd, which unfortunately went into voluntary liquidation in 1981.
In 1986 Ossie went into partnership with Gina Fratini, producing a lingerie label called Rustle.
Ossie was still producing dresses as late as 1987, these were one off, made to measure dresses for Evocative a Grosvenor Street boutique.He came to a very sad end, but his clothes are still loved and highly sought after.

I personally wouldn't buy from the relaunched Ossie Clark label by Avsh Alom Gur, because I feel the original just cannot be beaten by any designer (thats no reflection on Avsh's designs, just what I prefer).
I love vintage and thats why I adore the original Ossie Clark designs, they are of another era, they have an aura and mystique of their own and the quality back in those days sure beats what is on offer today.
Given the choice and the money, I would spend £1000 on a beautiful Ossie Clark original than either the Ossie Clark relaunched version or that of a modern day designer-vintage just has so much more to offer for the money.


Siljesfashion said...

That dress is just candy to my eyes!! Thanks for the update on the designer, great to learn new things. Stop by my blog if youd like:-
Also I love the dress you are wearing in the picture. I presume its Ossie Clark???

Sharon S said...

Thanks for stopping by, siljesfashion! It's nice to find out new information about Ossie Clark. Thanks for your comment on my dress-both dresses in my profile pictures are Celia Birtwell for Topshop, which I purchased via EBay. I will certainly stop by your blog!!

Marian said...

nothing like an original ossie!

Sharon S said...

Hi marian-I dream of thrifting another Ossie, I don't think I'll be 2nd time lucky though!!


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