I have long been a huge fan of the textile designs of Celia Birtwell, since I first became familiar with her work when my children were much younger. Many years ago, I used to sell vintage clothes and textiles and I bought and sold quite a few Ossie Clarke dresses who Birtwell was married to in the early 1970’s, although unfortunately, none of the dresses that passed through my hands had a Celia Birtwell fabric design, they were the much rarer ones.
Since then though I have become enchanted with her whimsical designs and was delighted to hear that she is due to launch a collection, on 21.3.13 in collaboration with Uniqlo.
Here is a sneak peak and my predication is, if this collection proves to be anything like the one she designed for Topshop they will sell like hot cross buns. Grab them while you can!
Celia in the early days in her studio
Celia with ossie, wearing one of their own dresses. What a couple of kooks!