It was lovely to see some of Ossie’s creations up close and in such a handsome gallery, which Manchester Costume Gallery, within Platt Fields is, but I was a little disappointed that there weren’t more exhibits.
Many of the dresses on show were variations on a theme, although there were quite a few with Celia Birtwell prints on them, which were still lovely and fresh and so wearable today. I suppose the thing Ossie was famous for was his cutting of fabric and the long diaphanous dresses with rows of covered buttons, showed his skills perfectly.
I found the quality of the garments interesting, what would now not pass through quality control for such an expensive garment, seemed acceptable back in the early 1970’s and we have definitely come a long way with the technology in man made fabrics since then.
I love Ossie’s designs and they depict the 1970’s perfectly, full of colour and glamour and for anybody interested in fashion and garment making, he was a master cutter and most worthy of an exhibition of his clothes. He would have been very proud, I’m sure, to see his home town celebrating his work.