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Celia Birtwell

Celia Birtwell

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First broadcast: Sun 07 Oct 2012

Textile designer

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the designer Celia Birtwell.

In the ephemeral world of fashion she has endured; Marian Faithfull wore her creations in the 60s, Kate Moss is a fan today. Whimsical prints and flattering forms are her signature style and the vintage creations that she designed with her then husband Ossie Clarke now change hands for a small fortune. Her new ranges are highly collectable and fly off the high street rails too.

Never one of the fashion world's flamboyant self promoters she has, none the less, a face known to millions - as a long time friend and muse to David Hockney she is the woman at the centre of his famous painting "Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy".

She wants her work to be relevant because and says "there's nothing worse than being out-dated. If that happens and I feel I'm past it, I'll stop".

Choices

The Drifters

1.

The Drifters

Under the Boardwalk

Composer: Resnick/Young

Others who chose this artist

Giacomo Puccini

2.

Giacomo Puccini

O Mio Babbino Caro

Artist: Maria Callas

Others who chose this artist

Charles Trenet

3.

Charles Trenet

La Mer

Composer: Trenet/Lasry

Others who chose this artist

Marvin Gaye

4.

Marvin Gaye

How sweet it is to be loved by you

Composer: Holland B/Dozier L//Holland E

Others who chose this artist

Elton John

5.

Elton John

Sacrifice

Composer: Elton John/Bernie Taupin

Others who chose this artist

George Frideric Handel

6.

George Frideric Handel

Io T’abbraccio (I Embrace You)

Artist: Sophie Daneman/Daniel Taylor/Adrian Thompson/Catherine Robbin/Robin Blaze/Christopher Purves/Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer

Others who chose this artist

Tim Buckley

7.

Tim Buckley

Dolphins

Composer: Fred Neil

Others who chose this artist

Claude Debussy

8.

Castaway's favourite

Claude Debussy

Reverie

Artist: Monique Haas

Others who chose this artist

Book

Tropical flowering plants by Kirsten Albrecht Llamas

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A luxurious bed

Others who chose a similar luxury

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