Ossie Clark at the Gallery of Costume, Manchester


Floor length Ossie Clark gown with Celia Birtwell print

After seeing a selection of Dior gowns on display at Manchester’s Gallery of Costume at the beginning of the year I was keen to catch the Ossie Clark exhibition. My mum has often spoken about her love for his clothing in the late 1960’s. She has fond memories of wearing his elegant gowns which were cut from lightweight fabrics like crepe and utilised the striking prints of Clark’s wife, Celia Birtwell.

Ossie's Rainbow

Ossie’s Rainbow

A selection of moss-crepe evening gowns, in an array of colours, form a centre-piece in the gallery’s rococo dining room.


The exhibition features twenty five of Clark’s designs from the height of his career, in the late 1960’s and early 70’s and is set over two floors in the Gallery of Costume.

The Gallery of Costume

The Gallery of Costume

The gallery is housed in a beautiful Georgian building, Platt Hall, on the edge of Platt Fields Park. We combined our trip to the gallery with a walk around the park, where we found a children’s play area and a large lake; home to Canadian geese, swans and ducks. The gallery also has a little shop and pop-up tea bar. We travelled to Manchester by train, got off at Oxford Road and took the bus straight up to the Gallery of Costume. There is a stop directly opposite Platt Fields Park on Wilmslow Road.

Ossie Clark, a Brtish fashion genius, 1967 – 1977, The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme, Manchester M14 5LL. Tel: 0161 245 7245. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 1-5pm.Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. The exhibition runs until 29th June 2014. Cost: Free.


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