Ossie Clark Tarot Dress
gli amanti – the lovers…
I sometimes browse the site 1stdibs because it seems to boast exceptional rare finds with a mystical flavour.
In fact, there are many sites I frequent, typing in search terms like ‘Tarot’, ‘zodiac’, and ‘astrology’, just to see what comes up!
I was delighted to discover this 1960s Ossie Clark piece, designed for Quorum that’s available for purchase from London, now. Priced at around $3,000 USD it’s out of my range, but it’s truly inspiring none the less!
And fascinating to see how designers have long been using divination to guide their artistry…
This ivory crepe maxi dress is dated at around 1965-9, with a print that features ‘The Lovers’ tarot card, cupids, and the romantic phrases ‘while we are absent from one another’, ‘gli amanti’ and ‘mitzpah’.
Mizpah is a Hebrew word that means ‘watchtower’ and is loosely interpreted as ‘May God watch over you’, which during the Victorian era became a popular word for keepsake jewellery – a token of love or friendship.
Meanwhile, gli amanti is Italian for ‘lovers’.