Seamless from Biba

Last year, Design Week met the seemingly indefatigable Barbara Hulanicki

Biba logo
Biba logo

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.

Marlin hotel's Shabeen Jamaican restaurant interiors in South Beach Florida, 1992
Marlin hotel’s Shabeen Jamaican restaurant interiors in South Beach Florida, 1992

A new book, Seamless from Biba, showcases her relentless work ethic, presenting an image-led narrative of her career.

Biba censored airport advert. Photography by James Wedge.
Biba censored airport advert. Photography by James Wedge.

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.

Illustration for Stephen Jones and the Accent of Fashion book 2010
Illustration for Stephen Jones and the Accent of Fashion book 2010

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”’.

Hippy Dippy print 2010
Hippy Dippy print 2010

Seamless from Biba: A Life in Design by Barbara Hulanicki is published on 9 May by Black Spring Press priced £25

p249, featuring a Biba Burberry-inspired Mac, 1968. Photography by Hans Feurer.
p249, featuring a Biba Burberry-inspired Mac, 1968. Photography by Hans Feurer.

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