Saturday, 9 February 2013

Biba and Beyond: Barbara Hulanicki

Yesterday we spent the lovely sunny day in Brighton.
Apart from our usual round (gambling on the pier, shopping, eating something nice, taking photos) I had planned to finally visit the Biba exhibition at Brighton Museum.

In case you have never heard of the fashion label Biba and have a look here and read what the museum´s website says:

"The Biba store, the clothes, the lifestyle and the far reaching influence of this iconic brand. The exhibition also looks at the life and times of the charismatic and talented woman behind the label, Barbara Hulanicki.  It also includes her successful earlier career in fashion illustration and her later achievements in interior design and architecture.

After walking out of Biba in the mid-1970s following the brand’s corporate takeover, Barbara Hulanicki went on to work successfully in fashion in South America, Europe and Japan. In 2012 she is now an award winning and high profile interior designer working on major projects in the US and Caribbean. In the past few years Barbara’s career has come full circle with hugely successful affordable fashion projects in the UK for TopShop and George at Asda.

With its cutting edge yet affordable fashion, Barbara Hulanicki’s iconic Biba store and label transformed the High Street shopping experience in the 1960s and 70s. Young working women shopped alongside models and celebrities, including Twiggy, Cher and the Rolling Stones. Art Deco, Victorian and Hollywood glamour all combined in striking, romantic and sensual designs."

If you like finding out about the career of a designer, this one is for you.
If you like 60´s and 70´s design as well. And if you just love to look at some beautiful clothes and fashion illustrations you are right here too of course.
I enjoyed it a lot, found it inspiring and left feeling sorry that I didn´t own (and wouldn´t fit) any of the original dresses...

The exhibition is on until the 14th April 2013 and costs 6£.

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