London: Biba, 1968 – 1973.
Barbara Hulanicki, founder of the Biba fashion house, was the woman who popularised the miniskirt, brought celebrity fashion to the high street, and rewarded working women by selling gorgeously decadent clothes and accessories at prices they could afford. Her gorgeous mail-order catalogues feature an extremely early shoot by the young Helmut Newton, classically atmospheric work by Sarah Moon, stunningly debauched images by James Wedge, and playfully by Harri Peccinotti; designed by John McConnell with drawings by Moira MacGregor.
The Biba newspaper, “Welcome to the new Biba”, was published to celebrate the opening of Biba’s new department store in Kensington, London in the September of 1973. Infused with style, informed by Art Nouveau, and inspired by Sarah Bernhardt, the grand Biba department store offered “the kind of very feminine clothes she [Bernhardt] might enjoy if she had lived in London now, instead of Paris then.”
A stylish and beautiful archive of iconic vintage fashion mail-order catalogues and photography. The apex of cool.
The Biba newspaper, with James Wedge poster centrefold, plus three vintage advertising booklets: all first editions. Newsprint measures 32 x 43cm, 16pp, with sepia plates, some embrowning. Folios measure 36 x 18cm, 16pp each, gilt-decorated wrappers, seven large fold-outs, sepia plates throughout, small creasing and occasional rubbing to corners. With one original, decorated, mail- order envelope (torn), and two separate mail order forms. Very good condition overall. Rare.
Price (AUD): $1,500.00 other currencies