Tag Archives: Barbara Hulanicki

Big Biba, The end.

Mick, Chris and I were working at the Whitmore Thomas studios in St Albans Grove Kensington after Big Biba opened in September 1973.  Mick was soon to move on to work in an advertising agency, Steve and Tim were pursuing other projects including graphic design , I was working as an illustrator.  We had all […]

Big Biba opens, September 10th 1973.

The Whitmore Thomas design team had to move out of the roof Garden a few weeks before the opening day. We moved to the studio in St Albans Grove around the corner, there was still Biba advertising work to be done and Steve and Tim wanted to move on to other projects too. The cafeteria […]

The Roof Garden, Derry and Toms summer 1973.

Derry and Toms department store was built in 1933, designed by architect Bernard George in the art Deco style. It had beautiful Art Deco details outside and inside by sculptor Walter Gilbert, and exterior stone reliefs by C. J. Mabey. Derry and Toms was a branch of the John Barker and company department store who […]

Leopardskin sequins and glitter.

I was a nervous wreck the day Steve Thomas came back from his holiday. I had piles of pencil roughs to show him for the new Biba logos but no idea whether I was on the right track. He wanted to get things going immediately and after sifting through the pile and making some selections […]