Since the first Biba store opened in 1964, Hulanicki has explored pretty much every other creative avenue going – from clothing and accessory design to pattern-making to product design, interiors and regenerating the Art Deco district of Miami Beach.
A new book, Seamless from Biba, showcases her relentless work ethic, presenting an image-led narrative of her career.
Designed, of course, by Hulanicki herself, the book is organised by the various disciplines she has worked in, with sections for illustration, photography, product design, interior design, costumes and print design, as well as a Biba section.
Hulanicki says, ‘I wanted to do this “comic-style” book for students and design enthusiasts who are about to emerge into the present, big and bleak world, to show how you can have it all, but not all at the same time.
‘There will be many ups and downs, but if you keep plodding forward something good or better turns up. Just don’t look back, and keep learning., my mother’s advice: “knowledge is something no one can take away from you”’.
Seamless from Biba: A Life in Design by Barbara Hulanicki is published on 9 May by Black Spring Press priced £25