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The Biba Years: 1963-1975 by Barbara…

The Biba Years: 1963-1975

by Barbara Hulanicki

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Read it the day I received it, from cover to cover. What memories! I wish I'd kept my Biba clothes, not that I had many... Great admiration for this talented lady; also a lot of sadness. I no longer have the typical Biba shape (haven't had it for nearly 50 years) but I feel I could still wear some of those dresses. Surprised to see that the skirt and blouse I bought in 1969 cost £2 7s 6d each! Also amazed by the number of thefts they suffered in the stores - three leather coats in one go!
The book includes facsimiles of the catalogues, which I had posted on my wall in my Parisian hovel in 1968-69, till a hippy type guy I met asked me if he could borrow them because he liked the photography. I never saw them or him again and have always regretted them (just the catalogues).

One nit-picking comment: the author is careful to point out with [sic] all the mis-placed apostrophes in quoted articles, e.g. Biba's, but did not notice the kerb instead of curb. Tut tut. ( )
  overthemoon | Feb 25, 2017 |
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Founded as a boutique mail-order service in 1963, Biba - the brainchild of designer Barbara Hulanicki - quickly gained cult status, and outgrew several London premises before landing at 99 - 117 Kensington High Street in 1973 as 'Big Biba', 'the most beautiful store in the world'. This book tells the story of the Biba years, from the first ensembles, through the four iconic London shops, to the eventual flourishing of a lifestyle brand that revolutionized British retail and fashion culture.… (more)

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