Brighton, Bloggers, Barbara, Biba and Beyond!

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Camera kids – Kristabel, Carrie and Olivia (with her cow friend above)

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To Biba and Beyond!

If you remember my recent Brighton based post (where I wore a very 90’s child outfit!) I had promised that I’d tell you all about the reason I was there in the first place – to see the Biba and Beyond exhibition at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Well, me and my blogging besties did fiiinally get to the exhibition (after a fat dose of photo-taking and chip consumption-based procrastination) and we really enjoyed it! Hyped by everyone around the web, I was really looking forward to seeing more about the dream, legendary shop which shaped the way we shop today. Plus I was keen to refresh my knowledge of founder Barbara Hulanicki’s life after having read her autobiography a few years back. BTW, Babs is incred. Loosing family members as a child and constantly travelling, Barbara managed to pioneer an enormously successful enterprise despite her punishing early life. Inspirational lady, especially considering that since the Biba boom, she switched her creative mind to interior design, lending her natural flair for fabulous design to some of Americas top hotels and the like. You can watch her in video talking about returning to Brighton for the show here. The exhib is actually fairly small but I like that because otherwise get caught up for hours stressing that I’ll never get out while my belly rumbles. I think the girls will all agree that the best part of this though was the children’s section at the end! A place where you can rest your feet and illustrate your outfit was a very good idea indeed! (well, you were supposed to design your own Biba style look but hey, we drew ourselves!) brighton pavillion and palm tree Pavillion Brighton museum arch green dome barbara hulanicki as child with her mum in car photograph biba campaign photo naked girl in hat sixties shop biba make up nail varnishes eyeshadows from sixties exhibition

I believe this is the only Biba make up still in existence! Doesn’t it still look so modern?

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Mine and Dunya’s drawings of ourselves! See my outfit in the flesh here. Biba and Beyond is open till April 14th at Brighton museum Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm.


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  • Lola November 27, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    Love the bright pictures, i’m now craving marshmellow and that hard, nutty stuff that always ends up stuck to my teeth! xx

  • Florence November 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Your drawings at the end are amaze! x

  • Jenny November 25, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Beaut photos as usual, the illustrations you guys did are so cool! Looks like a really great museum for Biba and fashion lovers, my grandma still has some stuff from there! xo

  • Lucia November 25, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Lovely photos!
    Looks like so much fun

  • Katie November 25, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    What can I say? Brighton + so many lovely faces = perfect <3

  • Maria November 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    This looks like a lot of fun, that make up is amazing!

    Maria xxx

  • Fashion Follows Her November 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Biba is one the most iconic brands and so vibrant, I love looking at vintage Biba- inspirational!

  • Hearts&Crosses November 25, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    This looks absolutely amazing, everyone looks gorgeous and looks such fun!


  • Miss Ecl November 25, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Wow! Such a lovely pictures. The drawings are so besutiful<3 and the make up is great!!

  • Somebody from Somewhere November 24, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Such a lovely pictures!