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Friday, November 7, 2008

Bill Gibb Exhibit: Epitome of Hippie Chic

UK Vogue - 1976

Twiggy - 1971

UK Vogue - 1972

"Reality is so horrific these days that only escapism makes it bearable at times. So the more glamour the world can provide, the better people will like it. However fashion changes, glamour will never go out of vogue." - Bill Gibb

On exhibit at the Fashion and Textile Museum is - Billy: Bill Gibb's Moment in Time, October 24, 2008 - January 19, 2009. Bill Gibb's was the British designer that captured the hippie movement by mixing prints that didn't match (tartan, fair isles, checks, stripes and liberty prints) with the ecleticism of the free-spirited decade. The 1970's was his moment to shine with widespread press in Vogue and dressing stars such as: Twiggy, Elizabeth Taylor, and Bianca Jagger.

The 1970s was Gibb's decade, the years when he was discovered by Vogue and by America. His debut collection in 1972, held at the Oriental Club in London, was the sensation of the season. Everyone came - Cecil Beaton, Lord Snowdon, David Bailey, Beatrix Miller and of course Twiggy. It was this that really launched his brief moment in the spotlight. By 1975 Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor were wearing Bill Gibb, and he had his own shop on Bond Street. Source


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