An original Biba look from the Sixties


It's been a long time coming, but finally it's been confirmed: Barbara Hulanicki will return as a designer to Biba, the fashion label she founded in London 50 years ago and that became a mecca for fashion lovers during the Sixties and Seventies.

The 78-year-old designer has revealed that she will be designing a capsule range for her old brand, which will hit the shop floor next autumn, after signing a consultancy deal with House of Fraser.

If there was one label that defined Swinging London, it was Biba. Everyone from Marianne faithful to Princess Anne (the only time the shop was closed for business was for HRH) visited Hulanicki's store. Not only did it create clothes that everyone wanted to wear, but it was forward-thinking in its attitude toward working mothers, housing a creche in the store, too.

'I've got Biba running through my veins,' Hulanicki said after the news of her return was revealed. The designer parted ways with the label in 1975 and has not been back at the helm since, until now. Earlier this year Hulanicki told the Guardian that that period of her life was 'heartbreaking.'

While we're hoping for some classic Biba looks to be revisited, we also know that Ms Hulanicki is a rebel at heart. Either way we know we're definitely not going to want to miss out on whatever Hulanicki designs... 

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By Olivia Marks