Classic 1970s Biba by Barbara Hulanicki Purple Metallic Lame Party Dress


Playful yet vampy in that particularly Biba style! The shimmering purple metallic dress falls slightly above the knee, has long sleeves, an empire waist, deep V - neckline, and ribbon waist tie on back. The dress is fantastic, with subtle 1970s - does - Victorian details like the puffed shoulders, pinched bustline, and pointed sleeve. The deep purple is so totally Biba, we can just picture it in the boudoir - like atmosphere of the Big Biba department store on Kensington, displayed between a black vase of golden peacock feathers and a plush velvet settee.

This Mini dress is the classic "The Biba Look;” the doe eyed waif that was the hippest on the streets of London and about town. It was just this kind of dress and the fact that “young ... beautiful skinny”* women such as Anna Wintour worked at the store, that made the label and the look so desired then and both collectible and wearable today!

* Levy, Shawn (2003). Ready, steady, go ! swinging London and the invention of cool. London: Fourth Estate. p. 7. ISBN 978-1841152264.

36 in. (91.44 cm)
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