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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones has been stuck in my head for days.

I know it’s no Dude Looks Like a Lady, but it’s still a great song. It also reminded me of Mick Jagger’s jumpsuit collaboration with my favorite vintage designer, Ossie Clark. I’ve mentioned that Mick wore Ossie clothes but never posted any pictures, so here’s Mick in an Ossie jumpsuit on the cover of Life.

Photo from The Look

Child of the Moon has more photos of Mick in Ossie jumpsuits here. (Mick reminisced about a jumpsuit in this 1996 article on Ossie’s death.)

Ossie himself was very sex-ay. I think this photo of Ossie and designer Alice Pollock is the hottest picture evah of a designing duo.

Ossie is wearing one of his own chiffon shirts.
Photo from
Child of the Moon

I also love David Bailey’s photo of Ossie with model Chrissy Shrimpton. Most guys couldn’t get away with striking that pose, but it works.

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32 Responses to “Mick Jagger and Ossie Clark”

  1. CuteMess says:

    That song is sublime.

  2. Najeema says:

    One of my most favorite songs ever. And Ossie Clark reminds me of Jamie Hince from the Kills in those pics. Am I showing my youth by saying that? 😛

  3. Lynette says:

    Ossie Clark looks splendid in both photos. I especially like the second one. Thanks, WendyB.

  4. stef m says:

    I am always happy to have the Rolling Stones stuck in my head! (But Aerosmith? Bring on the xanax. Never could figure out what the fuss was about with that band…) Great Ossie pics. You need to track down that Life mag cover!

  5. Alicia/InstantVintage says:

    That photo of Ossie and Alice is hot. Hot as hell.

  6. Nina (femme rationale) says:

    gimmer shelter is one of my fave songs! it’s always playing on my ipod.

  7. Greg says:

    You’re right. I just tried to do that pose and someone just laughed at me. Can’t. Stop. Looking. Awkward. Forget it.

  8. lisa says:

    Some Ossie lovin’ is a great way to kick off Easter weekend. Very nice indeed. 🙂

  9. Sharon Rose says:

    Hi there-I’ve not seen this photo of him and Alice, its fab, especially with him in that shirt. LOL, I knew you’d spot me, I’m hoping that once these sell, I’ll get another vintage Ossie (floral) or a vintage Alaia-a piece that can be wearable for anytime.

  10. Sister Wolf says:

    Just last night, I tried again to get my sister to give you those Ossie Clark pants! She wouldn’t budge.

  11. Fashion_Loving_Stylist says:

    Great pics and great post.

  12. Swell Vintage - Frankie says:

    Such a tune! x

  13. Dressed and Pressed says:

    How does Mick Jagger still look so young? This video was made before I was born and he still looks younger than me now. Fucker.

    Ossie Clark’s story is so sad, esp. as he seemed on his way to a comeback.

  14. Shrimpton Couture says:

    Great post – but I am biased anyway lol – i have not seen that photo of Mick before. Most people do not know that Ossie did mens clothes too. They are very collectible and hard to find! I have heard that Mick keeps a huge warehouse of all his stage clothes. I would die to get into that!!

  15. Dr Zibbs says:

    I play this song whenever I’m killing someone.

    Oh no, that’s Goodfellas..

    I mean..I don’t play Goodfellas when I’m killing someone I…

    Oh forget it. I’m late for killing someone.

  16. Miss Peelpants says:

    Reading that article made me want to cry, just imagining if he HAD got his new studio off the ground and was still around today.

    I love that photo of Ossie and Alice. One day I will find a version of that Ossie she’s wearing and it will fit me, and the colour will suit me. I’m determined!

  17. Miss Peelpants says:

    Thank you so much for mentioning me in that interview by the way!!! ♥ I’m very honoured!!!

  18. Jill says:

    Greg made me laugh coffee onto my keyboard.

  19. miss sophie says:

    wow! now you’ve got me thinking about vintage ossie clark…

    he definitely was quite a gorgeous man, wasn’t he?

  20. enc says:

    It works for me, too. As you already know, I love j-suits. But I also love the work of Ossie Clark. I've seen an exhibition of his work in the V & A, and I consider myself lucky for it. It was really great to see so many pieces in one place. I was able to get a good sense of his influences, and how his style and talent developed over time.

    I also really like the pieces I've seen in your collection, which is an impressive one.

  21. KD says:

    For some reason I always pictured him as rather fat.

  22. smashingbird says:

    Jagger looked sooo good at that time. There was a studded Ossie jumpsuit on ebay last year, apparently it was one of Micks, the guy was asking something crazy like $100k!

  23. Danielle says:

    i grew up hiding around corners peeping into my older sister’s room to watch her and her friends some pot and rock out to the stones. i think her favorite was “Miss You”. you can just say the name samantha and instantly i start ooh hooo oooh ooh ooooo hoooo-ing in my head.

  24. Couture Carrie says:

    Love the Ossie pics and that op-art coat!


  25. [Tara] says:

    Oh yes, the male jumpsuit definitely needs to make a comeback!

  26. ebayfashionaddict says:

    Ossie Clark is the best!

  27. thepreppyprincess says:

    We may actually have that magazine here at the Prepatorium we have scads of vintage magazines to go along with the vintage fashions. Ossie really had a way, we love his creations. (Yes, we know, a little wacky for one with a prepitude.)

    Grins and Giggles Miss Wendy, and congrats on the GenLux story!


  28. Miss Peelpants says:

    Me again [too]! Darnit, the Bates sold tonight and I’m away for familial Easter-type stuff and can’t mark it as sold on the site! 🙁 Sorry! I’m trying to ‘trim’ my Bates collection right now, for space reasons, so if you’re in the mood for a new Bates piece I can let you know as and when I sort them out!!

    Feel free to not publish this rambling comment if you like, I can’t find your email address – argh! 😉

  29. Jen (MahaloFashion) says:

    Now you put dude look like a lady in my head, thanks wendy!
    You are right about the oversized shoulder trend, they will look back with regret.

  30. Dream Sequins says:

    Hell yes. Was just listening to the Stones the other day and just really feeling them.

  31. SnapandPrint says:

    That jumpsuit…wow!

    Great song choice as well!

  32. SwanDiamondRose says:

    you are right! that photo is supersexy. his outfit is amazing. i want it! actually i have a 70s Lanvin blouse almost like that. i COULD fake this outfit. thanks for inspiration 🙂