Biba: the story of a 'legendary emporium'

Brand's 60th anniversary is being marked with retrospective celebrating the 'iconic shop's cultural importance'

The Biba Story: 1964-1975 exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum, showing clothes in a display case, a neon sign saying 'Biba' and a black-and-white photo of a woman's head
The Biba Story: 1964-1975 exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum
(Image credit: Dave Benett / Getty Images)

In 1964, Polish-born fashion illustrator Barbara Hulanicki opened a small fashion boutique in Kensington's Abingdon Road, and "London's retail landscape changed irrevocably", said the London Evening Standard. Sixty years on, a new exhibition at the city's Fashion & Textile Museum celebrates "the iconic shop's cultural importance".

The shop was called Biba, the nickname of Hulanicki's younger sister Biruta, and the brand was designed to be "affordable and accessible for everyone".

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