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Ossie Clark to close

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Ossie Clark, the iconic fashion label which enjoyed huge popularity in the 1960s, is to close, just one year after it was relaunched.

Marc Worth, co-founder of trend information site WGSN relaunched the Ossie Clark label under license at London Fashion Week in February 2008.

However the relaunch collection was heavily criticised by the fashion press as not being true enough to the heritage of the brand and design director Avsh Alom Gur quit the label after designing the autumn 09 collection. The company blamed difficult market conditions for the decision to shut down the operation.

Ossie Clark was best known for his fluid, loose-fitting fashions, which characterised fashion throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He was also well known for his use of his wife Celia Birtwell’s patterns.

Clark and Birtwell divorced in the 1970s and Clark’s label fell out of fashion in the 1980s when the mood moved towards punk rock. He was declared bankrupt in 1983.

Clark was murdered in 1996 aged 54.

Actress Emma Watson recently wore a vintage Ossie Clark dress to the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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