From A to Biba
Barbara Hulanicki tells the story of the rise and fall of the tiny, energetic boutique that grew into a vast emporium and epitomised Swinging London. The Biba store was to become an icon of hip '60s and '70s London and a hangout for artists, film stars and rock musicians, including the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Twiggy, Brigitte Bardot and Marianne Faithful. But in the early 1970s, Hulanicki and her husband Stephen Fitz-Simon lost control after a series of bitter boardroom struggles and for Barbara, Biba was lost. This lively autobiography evokes the adventurous spirit of the 1960s and describes an extraordinary life with clarity and wit.
Born in Poland, raised in England and now a resident of Miami, Barbara Hulanicki OBE is a British fashion icon. Hulanicki began her fashion career in the early 1960s working as a freelance fashion illustrator for the major publications of the day including Women's Wear Daily, British Vogue, The Times, The Observer and the Sunday Times. In 1964 she founded, with her late husband, Stephen Fitz-Simon, the boutique BIBA, beginning as a small mail-order business and rising to be the brand synonymous with ‘60s British fashion.