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Bill Gibb, 1943 - 1988
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Bill Gibb, 1943 - 1988 1987

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The son of an Aberdeenshire farmer, Bill Gibb revolutionised British fashion during the 1970s and 80s. Twiggy, Bianca Jagger and Elizabeth Taylor were among his celebrity clients. He had a passion for the art of the Renaissance, which inspired his trademark eveningwear: fabulous chiffon dresses embellished with sequins, embroidery or appliqué. Michael Leonard's drawing of him mimics a page torn from an illustrated book, with Gibb posed as a stylish sixteenth-century courtier.

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A period in European culture from the 14th to the 16th centuries in which the visual arts flourished with advances in the treatment of anatomy and the use of perspective. It is particularly associated with Italy, where it began, though the term applies elsewhere. It is noted for a revival of interest in the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.



  • Acc. No. PG 2945
  • Medium Pencil on paper
  • Size 31.60 x 26.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1994