1970s Bill Gibb Ombre Silk Chiffon & Glitter Applique Plunge Dress
Bill Gibb was one of the most influential designers in 1970s Britain and his clothes were sought out and worn by the rich and famous. His work has a high fantasy element and he was crowned Designer of the Year in 1970. Much of his work verged on couture and he was unrelenting in striving for perfection. This dress is simply amazing and a wonderful example of his work. The dress is made from a silk chiffon that has been dyed to a deep fuchsia that gradually darkens to a deep mauve. I love how the color deeps as it goes down the dress through both the bodice area and the skirt. The bodice is cut with a wide sleeve that comes out from the gathered and corseted waist. The neckline at the front and back dip in a deep V to meet the high set waist and this creates a beautiful shape that is far better on a real body then how it looks on my dress form. The front neckline is detailed with a little fabric flower that is finished with sequins to pick up on the detailing on the skirt and tie the top and skirt together. The skirt cascades to the floor in a sweep of silk chiffon. Onto it is a design that is made up of fused glitter so that every time you move it sparkles as it moves. The outer silk is backed with an inner lining if a silver silk and this gives the fabric added dimension. It is far better in person and really a wonderful dress that is meant for a real body to make it truly shine. Excellent condition.
The dress is fully lined in a silver silk and closes with a side metal and nylon zipper and hook and eye along part of the bottom seaming of the arm on that side. The waist area appears to be boned but it is not - that is all seaming. Big glass buttons on each cuff. Some of the pattern in the skirt looks like a shadow on the silk and I suspect that it is where glitter was once applied and has fallen off. That said it is regular so it could have been done like that purposely. It certainly doesn't appear or feel like a flaw and is mentioned for accuracy only. It appears to have never been worn, or worn very little
Sleeves: approx 23"
Shoulders: no defines seam
Bust: no true side seams so open and variable
Natural waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam at bottom of gatherings 24" down from the shoulder: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam, skirt is open under that
Length: 57" from top of shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.