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Coat

Coat

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bill Gibb, born 1943 - died 1988 (designer)
    MacLachlan, Sally (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed leather with satin lining and stamped metal buttons

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr S. Clifford

  • Museum number:

    T.171-1992

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The bee was Bill Gibb's signature motif, ('B' for Bill) and appeared often in his designs. He used enamel bee buttons and produced knitwear with bee designs. This coat is one of a group of chestnut-brown leather garments screen-printed with silver bees and trailing chrysanthemums. The leather is treated as cloth, with puffed sleeves and a high-waisted silhouette. The Museum also has a suit from this collection (T.334&335-1995)

Bill Gibb's designs were particularly influenced by non-Western dress. He revelled in rich textures and patterns and lavish use of fabrics. This coat comes from his first solo collection for Autumn-Winter 1972. Previously, he had worked for Baccarat from 1968 to 1971, before launching his own design label.

Physical description

Brown leather coat screen-printed with silver trailing chrysanthemums and bees. High waisted, knee length, with a buttoned bodice, large collar, and large bishop sleeves set into the side seams of the bodice. Green satin lining. Pewter-grey metal buttons are stamped like sunflowers.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1972 (made)

Artist/maker

Bill Gibb, born 1943 - died 1988 (designer)
MacLachlan, Sally (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed leather with satin lining and stamped metal buttons

Marks and inscriptions

'Bill Gibb / London'
Label inside garment

Object history note

Registered File number 1992/811.
Bill Gibb's first collection, in autumn-winter 1972, featured a collection of chestnut-brown leather garments screenprinted with silver bees and trailing chrysanthemums. The theme of the collection was "Nature".

Historical significance: Important example of Bill Gibb's work from his first solo collection. Also shows his use of his trademark bees motif.

Descriptive line

Screen-printed leather coat, designed by Bill Gibb, pattern designed by Sally MacLachlan, London, 1972

Production Note

Autumn-Winter 1972

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Leather; Metal

Techniques

Screen printed; Satin weave; Lined; Stamped

Subjects depicted

Chrysanthemums; Sunflowers; Bees

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes; Day wear; Leather; Scotland

Production Type

Model

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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