c.1971 Bill Gibb Embroidered Ivory Cotton Gauze Dress & Jacket Set
This lovely Bill Gibb set is from the turn of the 1970s and early on in his label's history. Gibb was one of the most influential and famous designers in 1970s Britain and his clothes were sought out and worn by the rich and famous. This two piece dress and jacket set is absolutely gorgeous and a wonderful example of his work.
The set consists of loose, swing cut jacket and a pinafore feeling dress that buttons up the back. The dress has straps that curve up and around the neck to cross over at the back. This leaves a nice low scoop to the back. The front has his signature bib finish and onto this front panel is an elaborate pattern embroidered onto the cotton. The cut swings out from there to be very full by the time it reaches the hem. It buttons up the back and opens completely when unbuttoned. The jacket is a work of art and is cut with high capped shoulders and is finished with a ribbed grosgrain ribbon down the front and around the hem. It has no closures and is cut to be very full through the body. Big pleats run down the back to help accomplish this and to add design detail. The cuffs are incredible with working button and loops set on a backdrop of that same ribbon finish for an almost 'dandy' feel to them. The fabric is a soft gauze cotton that has little embroidered squares set over the surface as well as little boxes of tiny cut outs. Both pieces are fully lined in an ivory satin so you can't see all the way through the cut outs but they do add a wonderful bit of extra texture. This is a rare and absolutely wonderful set. Excellent condition.
Both pieces are fully lined in an ivory satin. The dress buttons to close at the back. The jacket has no closures. Note the set purposely has a soft, almost 'lived in' feel due to the fabric choice.
Slightly inset shoulders: approx 14"
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 28" from neck to hem
Bust: 16.5-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 43" from shoulder strap to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.