Designer labels, pah! Who frickin' cares what's written inside your clothes? If someone only likes you for the labels you wear they're not worth knowing in the first place.
I know, I've said it often enough but today I'm going to have to eat my words.
Long before I got into period clothing (as vintage was known as back in the 1970s & 1980s) this David Hockney print of Mr And Mrs Clark And Percy hung on my bedroom wall. As a 12 year old I hadn't any concept of either Ossie Clark or Celia Birtwell, I just liked the cat, the fact they had the same rotary dial phone as we did and that the floor length shuttered windows reminded me of those at my Grandparents' home.
As I got older I discovered the genius of Ossie but never imagined I'd ever own anything myself. I've read of people finding Ossie Clark at car boot sales and jumble sales but that was in fashionable parts of London, not working class towns in the industrial Midlands.
That's until today when I picked up this beauty for an amazing £12 in a local chazza.
I've got to be honest with you, it's not just down to luck and great charity shopping skills.
The lady who'd owned my Ossie and Tuesday's Janice Wainwright from new had me in mind when she donated her beloved maxis, she and I know each other from chatting in charity shops and she'd asked the manager to keep them aside for me to have first refusal. Striking up a conversation with almost everyone I meet certainly has it's advantages!
Even if it hadn't got the Ossie Clark label I'd have bought it - it's one of the most gorgeous dresses I've ever had to privilege to try on.
I bought this dress from the same chazza five years ago (for a fiver) and often wondered if it's also an Ossie. The maker's name has been removed but comparing it to my latest buy the moss crepe care label is identical.
|Ossie Clark for Radley moss crepe maxi worn with Mongolian lamb boa (20p, jumble sale), LAMB bangle (free with a perfume promotion years ago), candy coloured platforms (£5, local boutique), massive hair flower (£1, Scope)|
If that's not enough excitement I'm catching the train and meeting some fabulous bloggers in another country (Wales!) tomorrow. I'd better go and dust off my passport!
Have a fab weekend and see you soon!
Updated to link to Spy Girl's Tutti Frutti 52 Pick-Me-Up