The late 1960s and 1970s saw some of the most exciting changes to the fashion industry, with designers creating pieces bigger and bolder than ever before. One of the leading pioneers at the time was Ossie Clark, who, along with his wife and textile designer Celia Birtwell, shook things up so fervently that his work came to define an era. Clark’s innovative use of voluminous fabrics such as chiffon and crepe created blouses and dresses with the ultimate wow factor, which was matched by Birtwell’s punchy graphic patterns, and in celebration of this original dream team, the Gallery of Costume are launching a new exhibition featuring 25 of Clark’s iconic pieces – many of which are on show to the public for the first time. Also on display will be magazines (such as a 1968 edition of The Sunday Times, pictured) featuring the designer’s groundbreaking work and short films. The exhibition opens Thu 30 Jan, so be sure to head down to Platt Hall to pay homage to the Cheshire-born fashion genius.
Thu 30 Jan – Sun 29 Jun, Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, M14 5LL, Mon – Fri: 1-5pm; Sat – Sun: 10am-5pm, FREE, www.manchestergalleries.org
- Jess Hardiman
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- Tue 28 Jan 2014