Bill Gibb : fashion and fantasy

Webb, Iain (2009) Bill Gibb : fashion and fantasy. In: The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival; 29 Mar - 05 Apr 2009, Oxford, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Crowned ‘Designer of the Year’ by Vogue in 1970, Bill Gibb (1943-1988), was barely out of college when he launched his eponymous line. Gibb’s career was prolific and truly visionary, but sadly short-lived. His legacy and importance as a designer are apparent today, however, in the work of designers from Giles Deacon to John Galliano. Famous for his love of romance and soaring flights of fancy, Gibb’s wildly eccentric combinations of checks, tartans, stripes, floral prints and Fair Isle Knits had never been seen before. Ian Webb explores Gibb’s background, long-time fascination with historical imagery and the themes that inspired his designs. Illustrated talk given on Friday 3rd April.

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