In Biba: A Graphic Romance. With: Sinbiba: A Voyage. Delisia Howard, Chris Price, Barbara Hulanicki, illustrations.
In Biba: A Graphic Romance. With: Sinbiba: A Voyage
In Biba: A Graphic Romance. With: Sinbiba: A Voyage
In Biba: A Graphic Romance. With: Sinbiba: A Voyage
In Biba: A Graphic Romance. With: Sinbiba: A Voyage
In Biba: A Graphic Romance. With: Sinbiba: A Voyage
In Biba: A Graphic Romance. With: Sinbiba: A Voyage
In Biba: A Graphic Romance. With: Sinbiba: A Voyage
In Biba: A Graphic Romance. With: Sinbiba: A Voyage
In Biba: A Graphic Romance. With: Sinbiba: A Voyage

In Biba: A Graphic Romance. With: Sinbiba: A Voyage

London: Hazard Books, 2005-06. Mixed Editions. 2 vols., small folio, textured leatherette over coated black and green paper boards, spine gilt, boards decoratively stamped in metallic red, black and gilt, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt.

"Biba was packed with girls from Godalming to Greece who, with highly modish rudeness, were proceeding to remove every ticking striped skinny sleeved mini smock dress, like a swarm of kohl-eyed Jugendstijl locusts..." Set of graphic novels inspired by Biba, designer Barbara Hulanicki’s legendary London department store. Written by Delisia Howard, a model and buyer for Biba from 1968 to 1975, these "fashion romances" take the reader on a tour through the sartorial sins of the swinging 60s. Described as a "Willy Wonka factory for fashion," Biba began began as a small mail order business called Biba’s Postal Boutique, advertising a pink gingham dress similar to one sported by Brigitte Bardot. After selling over 17,000 dresses, founder Hulanicki opened a small storefront that emphasized exclusive, short styles focusing attention on the legs. It was not until Hulanicki opened her opulent "Big Biba" store in Kensington that the brand achieved cult status and regular customers such as Mick Jagger, Twiggy, David Bowie, and Marianne Faithfull. Matching Biba’s psychedelic-meets-art deco aesthetic in poetry, pictures, and prose, Delisia and her husband Chris Price (the artist and founder of Hazard Books, the book's publisher) embody the atmosphere of Biba to a T. Illustrated in black-and-white, and printed on various paper stocks; with additional illustrations by Hulancki. In Biba was originally published in a limited edition in 2004, with this copy from the fourth "De Luxe" edition; Sinbiba is from the second Special" edition (with the first published one month prior). Fine. Item #4818

$95.00