BIBA. KittysVintageKitsch: 60s Inspirations

I've been going through my stash of pictures lately (can you tell?), there are many hundreds to choose from, here are some favourite ima.

Biba's, Church Street, Kensington, London.

Fifty years ago, the first Biba shop opened in London and started a fashion revolution. Here Barbara Hulanicki, the woman behind the legend, tells her extraordinary story.

Inside Biba

BIBA - Twiggy in the Biba Rainbow Room - what year was this? I remember it before that as Derry and Toms roof garden

Biba was an iconic London boutique, open from 1964 to 1975. It was the brainchild of designer Barbara Hulanicki and run by she and her husband, Stephen Fitz-Simon

Interior of Biba store, Derry & Toms building, Kensington-would jump off the bus on the way home from school to buy their musk or nail polish or lipstick!

Biba children`s department

Biba ~ London’s Lost Department Store of the Swinging Sixties By Inge Oosterhoff. This photo © Marcella Monroy

Barbara in the rooftop garden (complete with live swans) at the Big Biba department store in London.

Barbara Hulanicki

Barbara Hulanicki by the flamingo pond on the roof top terrace garden of the Big BIBA store

Biba, London

Part of the conservatory area in the third Biba shop, Kensington High Street, designed by Antony Little, using stained glass windows which had been reclaimed from St Paul's school.

Queen on Biba Barbara Hulanicki

Biba - Barbara Hulanicki The Polish fashion designer Barbara Hulanicki was the founder of the iconic clothes store Biba. Her stylish garments were inspired by Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Biba Kensington, London. I used to come here and look around as a young girl. It was breath taking in there and very dark!

The first Biba boutique in Abingdon road - Barbara Hulanicki started out selling mail order and opened her first store in 1964