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Dress and pinafore

Dress and pinafore

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1971 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Biba (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed Viyella

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Suzanne Pegley

  • Museum number:

    T.472, 473-1993

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Barbara Hulanicki and her husband John Fitz Simon set up Biba in 1963 as a mail order boutique. The success of their affordable, youthful designs enabled them to open a small shop in Abingdon Road in Kensington the following year. Many of London’s fashionable new boutiques catered only for well-off customers (Mary Quant’s Bazaar, for example), but Biba attracted glamorous pop stars, bohemian aristocrats and impoverished students alike.

By 1971 the Biba boutique had grown into a large store stocking a wide range of Biba merchandise. There were separate departments for menswear, childrenswear and household accessories. Barbara Hulanicki designed all the clothes and retained control of the colour co-ordination of all other products. This dress, with its swirling paisley design, is typical of the palette used for Biba's 'Granny' prints.

Physical description

Dress and pinafore in paisely-printed Viyella

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1971 (made)


Biba (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Printed Viyella

Object history note

Registered File number 1992/1487.

Descriptive line

Paisley dress and pinafore, Biba, Great Britain, 1971.




Printing; Sewing

Subjects depicted



Day wear; Fashion; Women's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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