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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1980 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Biba (1980 relaunch) (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Pinckney

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Woman's embroidered silk blouse.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1980 (made)


Biba (1980 relaunch) (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk

Object history note

Registered File number 1992/159.
Such is the potency of the Biba brand that several attempts have been made since the closure of Big Biba in the mid-1970s to relaunch it. None of these relaunches have had any connection or affiliation with Barbara Hulanicki, despite using the Biba logo and similar branding, and they have tended not to last particularly long.

This blouse was manufactured under the first relaunch of Biba, in the late 1970s/early 1980s. It was acquired in 1992 as an original Biba piece, highlighting how easy it is to be deceived by the relaunch garments, especially as their labels look so like the original ones.

Descriptive line

Woman's embroidered silk blouse, Biba (1980 relaunch), England, 1980

Production Note

ca. 1980 relaunch, not endorsed by Barbara Hulanicki


Silk (textile)




Fashion; Women's clothes; Shopping; Embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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