Talk on the influence of fashion designer fully booked

Demand to attend a talk by Rachel Singer, lecturer at Gray's School of Art on the exhibition Bee Inspired: the influence of the late Bill Gibb, next week [Wednesday 18 August] at Aberdeen's Provost Skene's House has proved so popular it is fully booked.

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums is home to the Bill Gibb Archive which holds over 100 garments along with a large portfolio of drawings, sketches and finished designs by the fashion designer referred to by many as the Golden Boy of Fashion in the late 1960s, until his untimely death in 1988 at the age of 45.

This year the archive has been used as a source of inspiration for the Fashion and Textile Design students at Gray's School of Art.

The textile students designed and made a collection of fabrics, which was then handed over to the fashion students to be used for designs for either a Spring/Summer or Autumn/Winter collection. This process encouraged a close partnership between the students, reflecting the working relationships that they will encounter in their future careers.

The culmination of this exciting project was to complete a finished garment from the designed textiles with the most notable collaborations being chosen by curators from Aberdeen Art Gallery, to feature in the exhibition.

Alongside the students' work are examples of Bill's own creations which not only illustrate the students' inspirations but highlight the timelessness of his designs and the relevance his work still has in the fashion world today.

The exhibition draws to a close on Saturday 28 August [2010].