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Billy: Bill Gibb’s Moment in Time

Start Date 24 October 2008
End Date 18 January 2009
Venue Fashion and Textile Museum
Location London, England
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins with painted backdrop

The Fashion and Textile Museum presents a retrospective of the work of one of the most creative designers of 20th Century London fashion.

A contemporary of Ossie Clark, Biba’s Barbara Hulanicki and Zandra Rhodes, Bill Gibb created beauty and fantasy in 70s fashion. His extreme imagination on paper was translated into garments of an haute couture level. Gibb’s signature was gowns of romantic and historical inspiration textured with print, pattern, embroidery, beadwork and leather. With Kaffe Fassett he elevated knitwear to an art form.

This exhibition will examine one designer’s magical vision. The display will cover the two floors of the gallery in a breathtaking array of 70s glamour.

Bill Gibb had a loyal client list including Bianca Jagger and Elizabeth Taylor, and friends including models Twiggy and Jan de Villeneuve.