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The Little Rock Dress


A printed, red cotton, button-through dress designed by Celia Birtwell (born in Prestwich in 1941) for Top Shop.

Celia Birtwell is a textile designer with an international reputation. She lived in Prestwich until the age of 13 when she moved with her family to Salford.

She studied Textile Design at the Salford School of Art in 1956. Whilst studying there she met the fashion designer Ossie Clark and they married in 1969.

Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark’s working relationship began in 1966 with a collection for the ‘Quorum’ boutique in London, which they shared with the designer Alice Pollock. They worked for the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and numerous other celebrities away from the limelight.

Ossie and Celia parted in 1974 and Celia left the fashion world to raise her two sons. She returned to designing in 1984, and with the help of David Hockney she set up the ‘Celia Birtwell’ shop in Notting Hill. She designed prints for interiors as well as capsule collections of garments like ‘The Little Rock Dress’.