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Series of talks and workshops announced to support this new exhibition at the FTM

13 October 2008

The Fashion and Textile Museum is playing host to a new exhibition entitled Billy: Bill Gibb's Moment in Time. 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.

Alongside this exciting retrospective of a man whose designs came to the attention of the rich and famous, the FTM is running a number of activities by leading journalists, designers and illustrators to coincide with the exhibition. Some of the highlights include:

• Kaffe Fassett, a life long friend and collaborator with Gibb and world-renowned as a guru in the world of colour and textiles, will give a talk providing the opportunity to hear first hand about the way he works, his inspirations and techniques.

• A fashion journalist of international standing, Iain R Webb has written a book about the life of the designer - Bill Gibb, Fashion and Fantasy, published by V&A publishing to coincide with the exhibition.  He was fashion editor of The Times and Elle magazine, and writes today for a variety of newspapers and magazines. 

• If you prefer something more hands-on, there are a number of activities to choose from. Perhaps a hand stitching and embroidery workshop inspired by Bill Gibb's wonderful illustrations of nature, or maybe a knitting workshop exploring the use of colour or even creating your own festive fascinator in a millinery workshop.

Tickets to the talks and workshops also include entrance to the exhibition which features sixty of Bill Gibb's creations which have been carefully chosen to demonstrate the breadth of his work and represent his ‘look' overall.  The stories behind the objects also provide a 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.

The exhibition opens to the public on 24th October and runs until 18th January 2009.

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For further information, please contact:  Rajet Gamhiouen on rajet.gamhiouen@newham.ac.uk, Tel:  0208 522 5713 or mobile: 07508 034 922

Notes to editors:  Places can be booked by emailing info@ftmlondon.org or calling 020 7407 8664.

Details, timings and cost of talks and workshops.


Curator's Gallery Talk
Date: Saturday 22nd November at 3-4pm
Curator NJ Stevenson will provide a guided tour of Billy: Bill Gibb's Moment in time

Free event with exhibition ticket

Kaffe Fassett – Lecture
Date: Thursday 4th December at 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Join the FTM for an inspiring talk with Kaffe Fassett, life long friend and designer partner of Bill Gibb. He will discuss works from his latest projects, including his patchwork quilt, fabric, needlepoint, mosaic, painting and knitting designs. A tremendous amount of Kaffe's inspiration comes from his continual travels and his lecture is designed not so much to instruct but to empower and inspire the audience to create and develop their own "mind's eye".

Tickets: £15, £10 concessions - including refreshments and entrance to the exhibition

Iain R Webb– In conversation
Date: Friday 12th December at 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Join us for an evening with Iain R Webb to discuss his recent book Bill Gibb Fashion and Fantasy.

Tickets £10,  £7 concessions - including entrance to the exhibition
Workshops and Masterclasses

Sketching Bill Gibb
Date: Thursday 30th Oct 2.00pm (for students up to 12 years)
Date: Friday 31st Oct 2.00pm (for students 13 to16 yrs)
Approximate length of both 1 hour

Cost: £3 for each workshop

Millinery Magic, festive fascinator workshop
Date: at 22nd November 10.00am-2.00pm 
Back by popular demand, join Mary Jane Baxter using vintage fabrics, buttons and bows, turning everyday trimmings into a seriously stylish fascinator.

Cost: £50 including materials entrance to exhibition

Bees, Butterflies and Birds – Hand stitching and embroidery workshop
Date: Saturday 29th November 11.00am to 4.00pm
Inspired by Bill Gibb's wonderful illustrations on nature, Naomi Ryder will guide you through the process of creating your own designs with hand stitching and painting. Throughout the day you will experiment with various beading, appliqué and hand painting techniques, culminating in decorating a calico bag or silk scarf.

Cost: £50 including materials entrance to the exhibition

Brandon Mably Knitting Workshop
Date: Saturday 6th December, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Brandon as inspired by working in the Kaffe Fassett studio to take up design himself and this workshop will provide an introduction on how to interpret colours from source material provided. He will guide participants in choosing a range of colours and how to apply them into a swatch. Intarsia and fairisle will be demonstrated as part of the workshop, along with knitting in your ends. It is open to all levels with experience in basic stocking stitch which will be used as the main stitch in the workshop.

Cost: £50 including materials and entrance to the exhibition

The exhibition runs from 24th October 2008 until 18th January 2009. 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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