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The Biba Story, 1964-1975

Start Date 22 March 2024
End Date 08 September 2024
Venue Fashion and Textile Museum
Location London, U.K.
Curator Martin Pel

In the summer of 1963, fashion illustrator Barbara Hulanicki established a mail-order company selling affordable fashion appealing to a new generation of young women, which she named Biba.

The Biba Story explores how fashion phenomenon Biba blossomed to become the world’s first lifestyle label, sparking a revolution in how people shopped and how Biba earned its spot as the brand that epitomises 1960s and 1970s fashion.

The exhibition focuses on the years 1964, when the first Biba boutique opened, to 1975, when the legendary Big Biba closed its doors to the public. Displaying fantastic archival pieces of clothing, original photographs, film, and material all of which have been personally chosen by Barbara Hulanicki.

‘It isn’t just selling dresses, it’s a whole way of life’, Barbara Hulanicki, 1970.