Documented 1973 Bill Gibb Metallic Lurex Three Piece Set
A version of this set is held by the Liverpool Museum and is currently on display in the exhibit happening now at the Walker Art Gallery Collection for the Fashion Icons: Celebrating Gay Designers exhibit.The show motes for that version state:
Bill Gibb was born in Scotland and moved to London to study fashion design at St Martin’s School of Art. Between 1969 and 1972 he worked as a freelance designer for the fashion house of Baccarat before launching his own company.
This evening dress, with its petal-shaped hemline, and glowing jewel-like colours, is typical of much of Gibb’s work in the early 1970s. In particular, his use of an exotic pattern and a metallic Lurex thread in the fabric shows how he was often influenced by rich historic fabrics and non-Western cultures.
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 three piece ensemble plus a belt is amazing and an absolute perfect example of his work. Included are the midi skirt, a sleeveless tank that buttons at the front, the jacket and a fabric belt. The skirt is cut to midi length and is made of a series of flat, knife cut pleats that fall from a more fitted hip. Into this tucks a top that is sleeveless and buttons down the front with amazing holographic faceted buttons. The jacket is a work of art - it is cut with high capped shoulders and has a fabulous dog eared collar. It cinches at the waist by a seam and flares out below that to past the hip. There are big curved pockets on each hip and the same buttons close the jacket that are on the top. It almost has a slouchy cardigan feel to it. It also has its original belt that has an unusual finish of a flexible holograph strip that picks up on the buttons of the jacket and top. The colors are a fabulous mix of greens with other colors running through and the glitter of the lurex is amazing. This is a rare and absolutely wonderful set. Excellent, museum quality condition.
The skirt is lined through the hips and where the pleats start it is unlined. It closes with a side zipper. The top buttons to close and has an expanse of lining around the lower half that you tuck in and it helps it stay on place. It is unlined. The jacket is lined in a green silk satin and buttons to close with two buttons on each cuff as well. Pockets on each hip of the jacket. Original tie belt included. The skirt and jacket are tagged. Appears unworn.
Sleeves: 24" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 18-18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5-16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16.5" from neck to waist
Skirt: 16" from waist to hem
Bust: 16.5-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 21" from shoulder strap to hem
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 34.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: (1) Evening dress, Bill Gibb, 1973 from the Walker Art Gallery Collection (on display now for the "Fashion Icons: Celebrating Gay Designers" exhibit). / (2) Evening dress, cellulose acetate, nylon and lurex, Bill Gibb, 1973, Liverpool Museum Archives. / (3) Charlotte Rampling wearing Bill Gibb for Harpers & Queen, February 1973. Photo by Barry McKinley.
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