The Face That Launched a Thousand Prints
Celia Birtwell CBE: textile designer, British icon and muse of David Hockney. Celia’s work has spanned five decades and she is considered to be one of the most important British textile designers to date. Her work is timeless, evoking a sense of whimsical romance and classicism that moves effortlessly from fashion to lifestyle products.
Rocking the World of Fashion
Celia first gained international critical acclaim whilst designing with her then husband, the late seminal fashion designer, Ossie Clark. From 1967 to 1973 Celia and Ossie were the toast of the fashion industry and dressed everyone from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bianca Jagger, Jimmy Hendrix, Twiggy, Marianne Faithful and Hollywood legends Olivia de Haviland and Liza Minnelli. Vintage Birtwell/Clark clothes are highly valued today and are worn and sought after by the fashion elite. Actresses and models from Emma Watson and Julia Robertson to Kate Moss and Erin O’Connor can be seen wearing vintage and contemporary Birtwell.
Celia’s recent collaborations with Valentino, Topshop, Uniqlo and Cacherel have delivered fashionable, on trend designs to the High Street
British, iconic, heritage, pretty, desirable, sophisticated, witty and accessible are words associated with Celia’s extensive design repertoire. Her work transcends age and market positioning resonating with the young ‘fashionistas’ and the illusive ‘grey’ markets. The company is seeking dynamic and sympathetic national and international licenses to work together to establish Celia Birtwell as a globally recognised, desirable British lifestyle brand.