1970s Bill Gibb Silver & Black Dress w Beaded Shoulder Piece
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 set is simply amazing and a wonderful example of his work. It was purchased form a woman who owned a boutique in Britain and was never worn. Made up of two pieces, the dress itself is a strapless, fitted tube dress with horizontal rows of silver lame thread running through it. It is then covered, by hand, in silver sequins that cover the entire dress. A little inset of pleated silk chiffon is placed into a slit at the back so that you can walk. Over this is a one shoulder piece made out of a light silk chiffon that is covered in hand done bead, sequin and crystals. The shoulder especially is finished in an elaborate signature Gibb design and I love how the ties are a lime ling so you wrap them around the waist. Each of those ties then hang down the length of the dress and each is finished in another of his signature beaded patterns. This is a rare and absolutely amazing piece. Excellent condition.
The dress is fully lined in a black silk with elastic through the top hem above the bust, It closes with a side metal and nylon zipper. It has a tiny bit of stretch. The one shoulder top is unlined and slips on to wear. The long attached ties wrap around the waist to hold it on place.Museum quality and was never worn.
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 51" from top of the bodice to hem
The jacket will fit accordingly with an adjustable wrap tie waist and the one sleeve is 22" long
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.
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