I guess I am in a retro mood, while on vacation I have been reading  "From A to Biba".  For those of you who aren't familiar with Biba, it was a series of British stores exclusively carrying the Barbara Hulanicki line of clothes, cosmetics, accessories as well as kids clothes and housewares.  It was a huge success from the moment it started with a mail order dress in 1964 until it closed in 1975.  The clothes were for young working girls who wanted to look mod. They packed the stores racing to buy the clothes as soon as they were delivered to the stores.  It is said that when one style of dress was cut in wool that had not been shrunk properly arrived in the store to short- the mini dress was born. In many ways they were the forerunner to H&M or the Target designer lines only way cooler.
image Donald Silverstein


  1. Oh yes, I know BIBA...great clothes and I love the pantsuit on the girl leaning on the iron railing...Barbara H. has a line of wallpaper now that is super retro and cool! I think its available through Graham & Brown...:))

  2. I love that pantsuit, would wear it today! Watch for more about Barbara and some other fun 60's designers.

  3. Anonymous25.11.11

    There is to be a major tribute exhibition next year Sept 2012 at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. It will be celebrating the long careeer of Barbara Hulanicki the applauded designer of the iconic Biba look.