ARCHIVE - Rare Early Bill Gibb 1970s Renaissance Style Black Pleated Dress

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Incredible vintage Bill Gibb black wool renaissance style dress with pleated skirt and sleeves and structured bodice with applique ribbon. It fastens at the back of the skirt with a zip and has three buttons and loops at the back of the high neck with an open gap in between the two. There is another smaller opening in the centre front of the bodice. In truly excellent vintage condition with no faults and a best fit for size US 2 UK size 6. This is a very early and rare example of the designer’s work made around the time he found fame when another of his designs was awarded the Vogue 1970 Dress of the Year. His early designs and that of fellow designer Gina Fratini tapped into an emerging romantic trend pulling together medieval, Elizabethan and Edwardian styles. Among his famous clients were Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Joan Collins, Bianca Jagger and Angelica Huston.

Approximate measurements are:
Bust 84cm/ 33"
Waist 64cm/ 25"
Length 115cm/ 45.5"
Sleeve 46cm/ 18.5"
Across Back 33cm/ 13"

Pickup currently unavailable at CIRCA VINTAGE


Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

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Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

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Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

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Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

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We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

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Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

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Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

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