Fashionable Celia Birtwell

One of my favorite painting of all time is Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy by David Hockney. I have to admit, as much as I’ve admired and studied this painting, I never took the time to find out about the subjects themselves. I became mesmerized with the life of Celia Birtwell, the girl in the painting who was married to the fashion designer of the 60s and 70s Ossie Clark. He was killed in 1996. Celia Birtwell is a wonderful textile and fashion designer, as well as fashion illustrator. Her new self-titled book, Celia Birtwell (St. Martin’s Press) chronicles her career spanning over 50 years and is laced with images of her life with her dear talented late husband.

Celia is now a fashion designer with her own line of vintage and contemporary clothing as well as fabric, wallpaper, accessories and elegant living designs for home interiors and exteriors. Check out a nice article about her from 2008 here.

What she says about her illustration: “I used to draw the model’s face first. If she looked grumpy I wouldn’t carry on.”

Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell in the 1970s.

Celia now. Still gorgeous and inspiring.

Ossie Clark fashion

Vintage Ossie Clark Blouses
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“Fashion is a big business now. In my generation, there was an innocence to it…”
~Celia Birtwell

Celia Birtwell moodboard

Love this! Vintage Ossie Clark for Radley Maxi Smock Dress
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Celia Birtwell.com

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