That 70’s Show

March 8, 2011 • Yahoo


Bonnie J Brown for Second City Style Magazine

Spring 2011 is sure to see trendy women everywhere garbed in loose flowing gowns, peasant tops, high-waisted pants and delicate prints. It’s the reemergence of 1970’s fashions with its easy elegance for high society as well as some high-drama for the rock-and-rollers. Ossie Clark, born Raymond Clark, was a major player in creating the trends and go-to fashions during the late 60’s through the 70’s and many of his styles are being adopted for this upcoming spring and summer.

Clark, born in England in 1942, developed his tailoring and sewing skills at a young age making clothes for dolls and even outfitting the neighborhood girls with swimsuits. However, it was his studies in architecture that helped build his skills as a designer the most, by teaching him proportion and balance. Clark was also heavily influenced by Pop art, which helped him develop his design aesthetic and which ultimately launched him into his career. A dress he presented during his final runway show for school featured flashing light bulbs. The dress was an instant success, at least in grabbing everyone’s attention and was featured in many fashion publications the very next day.

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