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George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles in 1965
George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles in 1965
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Sentimentality in Ossie Clark dresses

Celia Birtwell describes why people felt fabulous in Ossie Clark dresses

The Quorum Crowd

Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell began to make their mark on the fashion industry at Alice Pollack’s exclusive London boutique, Quorum. Ossie led a hedonistic and celebrity-filled lifestyle, which emulated that of his famous customers. This passion for glamour translated into his mould-breaking threatrical catwalk shows, featuring DJ’s and dancing models to a backdrop of pumping music from the likes of Jimmy Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, and The Doors.

Quorum became the place to be seen, a celebrity hangout where Ossie and Celia’s designs ran side by side with the music business. This proximity also saw them create clothes for The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Liza Minnelli.

Celia Birtwell’s recent high street revival with Topshop has attracted a whole new legion of fans who are keen to buy into the original feminine boho look, including her fellow Topshop designer, Kate Moss.

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