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Evening dress

Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bill Gibb, born 1943 - died 1988 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Panels of silk brocade and glazed cotton furnishing fabrics, braid and tassels

  • Credit Line:

    Worn and given by Twiggy

  • Museum number:

    T.222 to C-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This imaginative and romantic ‘Renaissance’ evening outfit by Bill Gibb is made from panels of furnishing fabrics of silk brocade, in pastel shades of pink and blue. Shaped from three separate fabric pieces, the cuffs fit closely around the wrists and forearms, and their length is accentuated by seven pink, fabric covered buttons which fasten through worked buttonholes.

Decorative, glazed cotton panels at the front and back of the bodice feature figures based upon a Hans Holbein’s drawing (from about 1520) of heavy and elaborate costume worn by the wife of a prosperous citizen of Basel.

This outfit was worn by the model Twiggy at the Daily Mirror Fashion Celebrity Dinner on 22 October 1970.

Physical description

This imaginative and romantic 'Renaissance' outfit is made from panels of furnishing fabrics. Decorative, glazed cotton panels at the front and back of the bodice feature figures based upon Hans Holbein's drawing (ca. 1520) of heavy and elaborate costume worn by the wife of a prosperous citizen of Basle.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Bill Gibb, born 1943 - died 1988 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Panels of silk brocade and glazed cotton furnishing fabrics, braid and tassels

Historical context note

The model Twiggy, the 'Face of 1966', wore this ensemble to the Daily Mirror Fashion Celebrity Dinner in October 1970.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilcox, C. & Mendes, V., Modern Fashion in Detail, London: V&A Publications, 1991, p.54., ISBN 1 85177 032 1

Labels and date

Bill Gibb made clothes that transported their wearers into realms of fantasty. He was patronised by the glitterati, including the top model Twiggy, the 'Face of 1966'. She wore this size 6 ensemble at the Daily Mirror Fashion Celebrity dinner in October 1970. With suggestions of ethnic and Renaissance costume, it is a rich compilation of woven furnishings and printed silk, enhanced by braid trimming and streamers. [1997]

Production Note

Attribution note: Unique

Materials

Silk brocade; Braid; Cotton

Techniques

Brocading; Printing

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Textiles; Scotland

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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