The Biba Years
By Barbara Hulanicki, and Martin Pel
A revealing look at the fashion revolution of the 1960s and ’70s through the groundbreaking, hip, and now-legendary London emporium Biba, this book looks at “the most beautiful store in the world.” Biba, founded in 1963 by designer Barbara Hulanicki, quickly gained cult status and outgrew several locations before the five-story “Big Biba” opened in 1973. More than a store, it was a haven of cool for artists, movie stars, and rock musicians. This book tells the story of the Biba decade, and how the label revolutionized retail and fashion culture. With a wealth of previously unpublished material, including full-color facsimiles of the six luxurious Biba catalogs and archival photographs, The Biba Decade looks at the first retailer to bring affordable fashion to young consumers. Stunning new photography documents the unique Biba look, and the designer and her contemporaries offer their personal insights.
“A tribute to the late, lamented ‘most beautiful store in the world.’”
— ELLE Magazine
“This eye-popping book focuses on the label’s enduring fashion legacy, and is packed with gorgeous photos. . . . It documents the vibrancy of the swingin’ ‘60s and the effect of one woman’s vision on the way we dress today.”
— BUST magazine
About the authors
Barbara Hulanicki, co-founder of Biba, is a photographer, illustrator, and designer whose career in fashion has spanned five decades. Martin Pel is a curator of costume and textiles at Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton, where he curated Biba and Beyond: Barbara Hulanicki (2012).
Imprint: V & A Publishing
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Trim Size: 9 3⁄4 x 11 1⁄4
Page Count: 240
Illustrations: 250 color illustrations
Rights: North America