Thanks to, ‘a rock ‘n roll friendly mix of mini skirts, feather boas, velvet tuis, tie-dye tees, and floppy felt hats’, regulars at the uber-fabulous and famous Kensington shop soon grew to include Marianne Faithful, David Bowie, and Mick Jagger, as well as Anna Wintour, whose father secured his young fashionista-in-training a job there at age 15. Biba closed its doors in 1976 and Hulanicki went to work for Fiorucci and Cacharel. From 1980 to 1992 she designed a line of children’s wear called Minirock.
Today Hulanicki lives in Miami, Florida where she has reinvented herself as an interior designer. Her first project began with Woody’s on the Beach which she designed in 1987 for Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood. Other projects encompassed work for Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Chris Blackwell on both private houses and hotels including the Cardozo on Ocean Drive and the Netherlands building also on Ocean Drive for which she won an award from the American Institute of Architects.Cristina Favretto, Director of the Special Collections Department at the University of Miami interviews design legend and fashion icon Barbara Hulanicki. Copies of Ms. Hulanicki’s biography as well as her handmade books “In Biba” and “Sin Biba”, (both of which reside in the UM library’s special collection department), will be available for sale. Conde Contemporary is located at 204 Miracle Mile, in Coral Gables. RSVP to Stacy@CondeContemporary.com or 239.961.0452.