Textiles Inspiration: Celia Birtwell, born 1941

Celia Birtwell designs

Celia Birtwell was another star that was launched by Heal‘s but made famous through her collaborative works with Ossie Clark in the Swinging 60’s. Celia was known as ‘the face that launched a thousand prints‘ and was also famous for being David Hockney‘s muse.

Celia Birtwell candy flower

“From 1967 to 1973 Celia and Ossie were the toast of the fashion industry and dressed everyone from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix, Paloma Picasso, Talitha Getty, Patty Boyd, Twiggy and Marianne Faithful all the way to the British Aristocracy. It was during this time that Dave Gilmore drove a van for Ossie before he found fame in his band, Pink Floyd.”

(Taken from Celia’s Biography on her website)

Celia Birtwell bird song in cherry

All Celia Birtwell‘s designs are pretty and feminine. When Ossie and Celia split, she began to focus on textiles for interiors which she found to be just as inspiring but less demanding than the fashion world, in 1984 she opened an interiors store. In 2006, Celia collaborated with Top Shop and produced a hit range of clothing that literally flew out of the stores and re-introduced her prints to the fashion world. Now, George, Ossie and Cleia’s son (along with his wife Bella) run her successful company.

Celia Birtwell prints on a model in the 70’s



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