Rare 1970s Museum Held Bill Gibb Sequin & 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 is currently on display in Bath, UK for the "Great Names in Fashion" exhibit. The body of this amazing maxi dress is made of a fluid liquid jersey fabric that is light and drapes amazingly on the body. It cascades and flows to the floor from the heavily sequined panel that sits across the bust that is cut with a square angular cut and is a nod to early corseting and bygone eras, Touches and references that Gibb often works into his creations. The sequins are carried over the shoulders and curve into the upper back where two stripes of sequins 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. I love the roman-esque feel it has mixed with the use of what was at the time, very cutting edge fabrics. It is just 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.