Quorum – Ossie Clark

NPG x199187; Ossie Clark - Portrait - National Portrait Gallery

Quorum was a trendy Kings road boutique started by Alice Pollock in the early sixties. When Ossie Clark, already an international success, joined her to design a new Quorum collection sales became worldwide.
Ossie and his wife Celia Birtwell, a talented fabric designer, were at the centre of the swinging 60’s along with such names as David Hockney (see pic) and worn by celebs such as Patty Boyd (married to The Beatles band member George Harrison for whom he wrote “Layla”), Julie Christie, Liza Minnelli and the famous jumpsuits worn by Mick Jagger and the exquisite scarves Jimi Hendrix displayed on stage.

Ossie Clark’s success continued throughout the 60s and into the late 70s when his life started to decline. During this period he divorced, came out publicly and his company went into liquidation. This was partly due to the influence of Vivienne Westwood and the iconic punk look. 

 

Our Fashion Insider says “Ossie Clark was enormously talented as a fashion designer, but had no business sense whatsoever. After his enormous success in the 60s and early 70s he tried many new ventures all of which failed. Ironically today his second hand garments now sell for huge sums especially in the US.  One of the most sought after designers of this era, he remains one of the most prominent designers of this era.”

Ossie Clark was tragically murdered by his partner in 1996….

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2020's

Belfast Telegraph -
"Treasure trove of vintage designer fashion being sold after rescue from Belfast warehouse"

The Gloss -
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2010's

Sunday Life -
"The Belfast style queen still on trend"

Belfast Telegraph -
"Hollywood gowns for girls about town"

Daily Mirror -
"Fashion Queen Iris.. Calls for £299 swamp Ulster Boutique"

Belfast Telegraph -
"Iris Meets the Queen"

Ulster Tatler -
Front Cover

Ulster Tatler -
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2000's

NI Newsletter -
"On track for a sex and the city look..."

Belfast Telegraph -
"Lookalike Oscars fashion in Belfast"

Sunday Life -
"Basque-ing in Glamour"

Belfast Telegraph -
"Traffic-stopper Sian On Red Alert"

1990's

Belfast Newsletter -
"Cruising with Jane McDonald"

Belfast Telegraph -
"Beautiful farewell for top fashion boutique"

Sunday Life -
"Lovely Louisa dressed to thrill"

Life Times -
"Gowns to Di for. Win a dress fit for a princess!"

1980's

Belfast Telegraph -
"Suit that is Taylor made for the rich"

Belfast Newsletter -
"Glittering Occasion"

"Spring Fever"

Accent Magazine -
Front Cover

1970's

Belfast Newsletter -
"It looks better on a girl"

Ulster Woman -
"Dr Zhivago here I come!"

Sunday News -
"No "work" problem for Pat"

Daily Mirror -
"Crochet for days"

Ulster Woman -
"Variations on the maxi theme"

Sunday News -
"What goes over the bikini"

1960's

Ulster Woman -
"You can be the centre of attention in this white crepe party dress by Fab Girl available at La Babalu Boutique"

Woman's World -
"Smart Model In A Smart Rig"

Belfast Newsletter -
"Model Soldiers?"

Ulster Woman -
"Ulster Woman Fashion Flash"

Belfast Telegraph -
"The Hot Pants Warm Up"

Belfast Newsletter -
"Back To Bonnie"