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1970s Bill Gibb Piano Key Pattern Five Piece Ensemble



This is a rare and complete 5-piece ensemble by the legendary Bill Gibb in collaboration with renowned knitwear designer Kaffe Fassett who worked extensively with Gibb and Missoni during the 70s and 80s. The knitted elements of the ensemble are made up of a complex 'piano key' pattern in the colours; deep sea green, grey, burgundy, black and ivory. The jumper has further design elements including the ribbed knit wide waistband and deep turtle neck. The outer garment is a woollen haoro / kimono style jacket with two deep front pockets that have been perfectly aligned with the patterned banding. The wool tweed skirt is styled in coordinating coloured horizontal bands, fully lined in a burgundy acetate and fastens to the side with the original metal zip. It has a gathered waistband and stitched row pocket detail. Remarkably, the set has retained the matching beanie hat and a tasselled scarf that could also be used as a belt. It is extremely difficult to find such a well documented set of Bill Gibb designs from his pivotal and early 1974 collection in such flawless vintage condition as these. We can find no repairs, holes or stains and the wool is still very fresh looking. The ensemble is truly worthy of a museum acquisition or a serious private collector and Bill Gibb designs are held in every major fashion museum worldwide - we have included a picture of a similar but less complete ensemble. The second historical photo is of Bill Gibb wearing one of his own designs. There are no size labels but it will fit around a UK 8-10, US 2-4 - our house model fits these well. MEASUREMENTS: JUMPER BUST - 46 in. (116.8 cm) WAIST - 44 in. (111.8 cm) HIP - 44 in. (111.8 cm) LENGTH - 28 in. (71.1 cm) SHOULDERS - 26 in. (66 cm) TOP BUST - 33 in. (83.8 cm) WAIST - 33 in. (83.8 cm) HIP - 29 in. (73.7 cm) LENGTH - 22.5 in. (57.1 cm) SHOULDERS - 15.5 in. (83.8 cm) SKIRT WAIST - 24 in. (61 cm) HIP - 40 in. (102 cm) LENGTH - 27.5 in. (69.8 cm)


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    Marked Size: 2-4 (US)
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
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    London, GB
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    1stDibs: LU55012769722

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