1970s Museum Held Bill Gibb Sequin Detail Jersey Dress
Bill Gibb pieces are so rare and hard to find and this particular dress is absolutely fabulous. It also has the added bonus of being the twin of museum held pieces. A version is red is held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a similar version in cream was displayed in Bath for the "Great Names in Fashion" exhibit. The body of the dress is made of a fluid, black liquid jersey fabric that is light in weight and drapes amazingly on the body. It cascades and flows to the floor from the heavily sequined panel that sits across the bust. This panel is cut with a square angular cut that Gibb often used in his creations and is a signature of his. The sequins go up and over the shoulders and then curve into the upper back where two stripes of sequins again curve down and over each shoulder and run into a second heavily sequined horizontal panel. Each cuff is elaborate and dramatic and also covered in pastel colored, glossy sequins. During this ttime period these jerseys would have been cutting edge fabrics and an unusual choice for a designer to use ad considered very avant garde. It is stunning and a beautiful example of his work. Excellent, museum quality condition.
Unlined and closes with a side painted metal zipper. Each cuff has a single hook & eye. All the sequins appear to be present. Cut small across the bodice and best suit for a XS or small busted small.
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 11" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 46" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: 1. Museum of Fine Arts Boston / 2. Great Names of Fashion Display at Fashion Museum Bath / 3. Photo: Mabalu/Wikipedia (from Great Names of Fashion Display). / 4. Photo: Duro Olowu (from Great Names of Fashion Display)
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.