Barbara Hulanicki

(b. 1938)

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(1938– )

Most widely known for the founding of the fashionable clothing store Biba, Polish‐born Hulanicki studied fashion illustration at Brighton School of Art before going on to launch a mail order business selling cheap clothes to her own designs. This led to the opening of the first Biba Boutique in London in 1964, the business going on to become a style landmark of the later 1960s and early 1970s. Biba failed in 1975 and Hulanicki moved to Brazil, where she once more opened clothing stores. After her return to Britain six years later she opened a Barbara Hulanicki shop in London, again selling her own label clothes. In 1983 she launched Hulanicki Cosmetics, selling up in 1987 when she settled in Miami in the United States. On returning to Britain in 1996 she opened another boutique, Fitz‐Fitz. Her autobiography, From A to Biba, was published in 1983.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

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