Fashion, fantasy and collaboration: The legacy of Bill Gibb

Special Event

20/03/2020 - 20/03/2020


Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums holds the largest collection of work by internationally-celebrated fashion designer Bill Gibb (1943-1988). Born in New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, and educated at Fraserburgh Academy, Gibb attended Central St Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where fellow students included Zandra Rhodes and Ossie Clark. Collaborating closely with tailors, knitters and textile designers, his fantastical garments were adored by celebrities such as Twiggy, Bianca Jagger and Elizabeth Taylor.

Organised jointly by Gray’s School of Art / Robert Gordon University and AAGM, this symposium celebrates Gibb’s legacy, his innovative approaches to design, collaboration and manufacture, and his relationship with the North East of Scotland.

Delegates are promised a rich day of presentations, discussions and performance, including a key-note address by Christine Rew, Art Gallery & Museums Manager, and presentations by Karen Cross and Madeline Marcella Hood from Robert Gordon University, fashion historian Marie McLoughlin of the University of Brighton and NJ Stephenson of the London College of Fashion. Along with insights from Gibb’s immediate family, a performance by Shane Strachan and the opportunity to see his exhibition, 'The Bill Gibb Line', on display at Aberdeen Art Gallery until 24 May, this event is a must for fashionistas and fans of one of the industry’s most talented and innovative designers.

£30 / £22.50 + booking fee