Prettiest 1970s Bill Gibb Red Silk Satin Jacket & Long Skirt Set w Floral Print
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 always has a high fantasy element to it 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. Every piece I bring into the shop that was made by him is very special and this one is no exception. Bill had a great fondness for history and exploring the far corners of the earth for inspiration. This set has obvious Asian roots with the fabric choice he made but he has taken the lines of a traditional piece and extended and manipulated them to make a new silhouette. I love how the fabric combines the cherry blossom print with English roses to further emphasize his combining of cultures in this set. It is gorgeous.
The skirt of this set is made from two panels that have been cut into long rectangles and then are brought along the waist band. This creates this wonderful linear line from the hip to the hem. It is seamed down each side to just past the hips and then below that one each side is a high slit to the hem. So when you move or sit you get this flash of legs. It is very sensual. To counteract the slimness the line of the skirt creates, the jacket is cut to feel more of an oversized. It is left open at the front with no closures. You just slip it on to wear. The top of the collar is set so that it flares out to the sides. The sleeves are long and cut wide. The jacket is detailed with black flat braiding that highlights the cut and adds detailing. More braiding runs along the edges of the set and highlight its lines. The fabric is a beautiful bright red silk satin with little cherry blossoms and roses woven through it in a slightly metallic finished thread. This is one of those pieces in person and in an actual body it id far better then how it looks on my dress form. Excellent condition with a minor note below
Both pieces are fully lined in a red silk. The skirt closes with a metal and nylon zipper. The jacket has no closures and slips on to wear. I see a tiny touch of foxing on the side of the skirt, a tiny pen mark on the front of the jacket and some slight lines running up the satin on one sleeve. Please see the photos after the label shot. They are all very minor but mentioned for accuracy. Tagged a vintage UK 8
Shoulders: 15" across
Bust: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 13" from neck to hem
Waist: 11" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 43" from neck to hem
Slits: 20" from hem up
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS
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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