An Homage to Bill Gibb

The International Herald Tribune‘s Suzy Menkes writes that the new retrospective exhibit "Billy: Bill Gibb’s Moment in Time" is "striking, inspiring – and bittersweet." The affable Gibb died quite young in 1988, and his story "could be played in London like a broken record: a designer comes from nowhere . . . becomes famous and feted, dresses high society and rockers, loses his backer and goes bust. Fade out of this familiar film without a happy ending."

Still, "the wild mix of geometry and flowers, the patina of patterns, the magic carpets of knitting and the Renaissance fantasies" — all created in one too-short decade — live on.

"British designers are storytellers, dreamers, and I think this was really the essence of Bill Gibb," wrote John Galliano, one of many designers who contributed to the new book Bill Gibb Fashion and Fantasy by Iain R. Webb. Not to be missed, the exhibit is on view at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum until Jan. 18. See Menkes’ full review and slideshow at

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