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Evening Dress

1970 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 4 parts.

  • Jacket
  • Skirt
  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Panels of silk brocade and glazed cotton furnishing fabrics, braid and tassels
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.
Style
Production typeHaute couture
Gallery Label
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)
Credit line
Worn and given by Twiggy
Historical context
The model Twiggy, the 'Face of 1966', wore this ensemble to the Daily Mirror Fashion Celebrity Dinner in October 1970.
Production
Attribution note: Unique
Association
Summary
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.
Bibliographic References
  • Wilcox, C. & Mendes, V., Modern Fashion in Detail, London: V&A Publications, 1991, p.54., ISBN 1 85177 032 1
  • Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 1971125
Collection
Accession Number
T.222 to C-1974

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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