Biba – An Exhibition part 2

Here is the second part of the post about the Biba Exhibition, this might confuse people not from Southend but the second hale is housed in the original ‘old’ library which is the museum.


The part housed in the museum was housewares and makeup, Biba apparently had a finger in all pies, as far as I can work out they were eventually housed in a very large department store in London.

while I was looking at the dresses a lady was in there with me she was very nostalgic while looking at all the merchandise, and informed me that at home she probably had more at home than was included in the exhibition, she remembered fondly that the price of the bus fare was probably more than she and her friends bought in the shops, the makeup was very cheap.





you must admit the eyeshadow sets do look fabulous….


The also sold household from matches to dinner services all with the black and gold motif


there were these really great art deco signs


and here is the ending plaque


One of the ladies in the Museum said that she thought it was one of the best exhibitions that had been put on there and I think she was right, she also mentioned that it all came from one mans collection.

if you have any great memories of Biba I would love you to share them in the comments.



Posted on 23/12/2016, in vintage dress making. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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