An out-and-out rarity: Ossie Clark’s python coat

Ossie Clark python coat

Two years after we found a good home for Ossie Clark’s own snakeskin jacket, THE LOOK is pleased to feature another rare garment  made from the snakeskin rolls the designer famously uncovered in a warehouse in 1966.

According to the owner – who is now prepared to part company with it – this is one of only three python coats produced by Clark; one of the others was apparently retained by his business partner Alice Pollock.

Pollock struck the deal with the owner to purchase this coat in 1972 at Quorum, the retail outlet in Radnor Walk, Chelsea, which first showcased Clark’s considerable talents.

Ossie Clark python coat: lapel/zip

Ossie Clark python coat: back

Ossie Clark python coat: back panel

Ossie Clark python coat: cuffs
Since there was a sale, Pollock agreed to a 50% discount, bringing the price down to £200.

With a biker jacket-style body, this meticulously paneled coat has no pockets. The zip – marked as “X-RO” with “CLIX” on the fastener – runs from the waist to the left collar. The lower part, from the waist down, is fastened with clips.

The coat bore the label Ossie Clark London until the lining was replaced with green satin. It has been customised; the length was cut short by 15cm.

In good shape given it’s vintage, this garment bears all the hallmarks of a designer at the very top of his game.

These are the measurements:

Waist: 32″
Length (from collar to hem): 47″
Sleeve (from shoulder to cuff): 14″
Shoulder to shoulder: 15.5″

For more details, photographs and purchase inquiries, interested parties should contact:

Anonymous said,

February 13, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

is this the same jacket that was pulled out of the Christie’s auction a few years ago because they couldn’t get an export license in time for the sale?

rockpopfashion said,

February 14, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

Thanks for your inquiry.
We don’t usually run anonymously submitted comments – and it would be helpful if you declared your identity – but in this case we’re happy to, in the interests of clarity.
The owner has confirmed that this coat has never been put up for sale/listed for auction so can categorically state is not the one to which you refer.
Hope this is of assistance.

The Look said,

June 30, 2011 @ 10:14 am

Pleased to say that this item – like all the others featured in our posts on sales of unique + unusual garments from the world of rock + pop fashion – found a happy home.

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