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The Bill Gibb Exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum

30 July 2008

A new exhibition at the FTM charts the prolific but sadly short-lived career of the well-loved British designer Bill Gibb from his hey-day in the 1970s through to early 80s

Following on from the hugely successful 'Little Black Dress' in June this year, the Fashion and Textile Museum will play host to a new exhibition entitled Billy: Bill Gibb's Moment in Time. Opening to the public on 24th October 2008, the exhibition will also launch a new book by the V&A entitled Bill Gibb, Fashion and Fantasy by Iain R. Webb with foreword by Twiggy. 

The exhibition and book comes twenty years after the death of Bill Gibb in 1988 when the fashion industry lost one of its most adventurous and exciting designers. It seems a fitting time to review his contribution to fashion with Gibb's flamboyant creations and visionary talent still influencing some of todays most well-respected and cutting edge designers including Giles Deacon and John Galliano.  

The stories behind the objects provide an intriguing snapshot into Gibb's most prolific design period between the years of 1972-78, with firsthand personal stories by the people that knew him best; his friends and family.   

Crowned 'Designer of the Year' by British Vogue in 1970, Gibb was an enormous talent and visionary who in the age of the mini skirt created beautiful revolutionary, renaissance-inspired clothes.

The exhibition and book aims to put this unassuming, quintessentially British designer back in the spotlight where he belongs and to showcase his amazing talent to a brand new audience.

The exhibition is curated by NJ Stevenson and Billy: Bill Gibb’s Moment in Time is a continuation of an earlier exploration by Stevenson into Gibb's life and career.

For further information, please contact Lisa Murgatroyd on liseallen32@hotmail.com (e) or 07740 852 861 (m)

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Notes to editors 

The exhibition runs from 24th October until 16th January 2008. Exhibition opening times are 11.00am-6.00pm Wednesday to Sunday. Last admissions 5.15pm 

Ticket prices are £5 for adults, £3 for students and concessions, free entry for under 12s 

For further information about the FTM and its activities visit www.ftmlondon.org   

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