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Winter 1972 Bill Gibb Beaded Bee Caftan Dress Set

The 1972 collection was presented on just 5 models at the Oriental Club in London's West End and was Gibb's debut fashion show. In it he presented an amazing collection that drew on the colors and feeling of nature, including his signature bee motif. He went on to become 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 ensemble is simply amazing and an absolute perfect example of his work. It is comprised of two pieces, both made of his signature, fluid Qiani jersey in a deep burgundy red. The skirt flows to the floor with curved, ribbon edge slits up each side . The waist is yoked and on the front sits a huge bee made of a variety of beads, all done by hand and then applied by hand. The top is a work of art - it is cut wide across with the sleeves coming out from the waist with extensive gathered detailed so that the drape dramatically down and past the wrist. The edges are also finished with gilded ribbon and the neckline cut wide and straight across. A second glittering bee sits on the shoulder as if it will fly away at any moment. This is a rare and absolutely wonderful piece. Excellent, museum quality condition.

The skirt is unlined and the top is lined in a matching color silky rayon through the bodice only with the sleeves left unlined. The top slips on and there are two of his signature enamel buttons spaced on either side of the neckline. The skirt closes with a side painted zipper and series of hook & eye

Sleeves: approx 30" and meant to hang long
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: open with no side seams
Waist: open and meant to be loose at 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 18" from neck to hem

Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 42" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2279

Reference Photos: Photographed for creative purposes by Nikki Ormerod, Styling: Nadia Pizzimenti, Hair & Makeup: Ashley Readings, Model: Constance (Plutino Models).

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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