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Coat - Floating Daisy
  • Floating Daisy
    Clark, Ossie, born 1942 - died 1996
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Floating Daisy

  • Object:

    Coat

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clark, Ossie, born 1942 - died 1996 (designer)
    Birtwell, Celia (designer (textile))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine-stitched velvet

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rose Jones

  • Museum number:

    T.98-2001

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Ossie Clark designed this coat. He was one of Britain's most influential fashion designers in the 1960s and 1970s. Clark used fabrics designed by his wife, the textile designer Celia Birtwell. For this coat Clark chose 'Floating Daisy', one of Birtwell's best-known textiles. A complementary grid pattern flatters the collar, cuffs and bodice. The coat's trim shape demonstrates Clark's skill at accentuating the female form.

Physical description

Coat made of printed velvet. Round collar, long oval front buttoned yoke and long sleeves slightly gathered at shoulders. The dress has 2 side panels and flares from the waist down. The back has a belt at waistline.

Print by Celia Bertwell showing a pattern of flowers, rainbows and horizontal & vertical lines.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Clark, Ossie, born 1942 - died 1996 (designer)
Birtwell, Celia (designer (textile))

Materials and Techniques

Machine-stitched velvet

Marks and inscriptions

OSSIE CLARK/made in London, England/Dry Clean Only 14/Print by Celia Birtwell
back of bodice; machine embroidery

Dimensions

Length: 117 cm, Width: 100 cm

Object history note

Typical early 1970s design showing a joyful ecclectism : a powerful design by Celia Birtwell where flowers clash with geometrical lines and mystic rainbows transformed into a shift dress reminiscent of the flaring shapes of the 1930s.

Labels and date

For this coat Ossie Clark used 'Floating Daisy', one of Celia Birtwell's best-known textile. A complementary grid pattern flatters the collar, cuffs and bodice. The coat's trim shape demonstrates the designer's skill at accentuating the female form. []

Production Note

Floating Daisy is the name of the Celia Birtwell print.

Materials

Velvet

Techniques

Machine sewing

Categories

Clothing; Day wear; Fashion

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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