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Excellent Condition ~ absolutely stunning condition for it's age ~ the muslin is in fabulous

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09 Apr, 2014 22:50:27 BST
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: Excellent Condition ~ absolutely stunning condition for it's age ~ the muslin is in fabulous condition. Iconic Biba ~ so incredibly beautiful rare & unusual ~ a real collectors piece to treasure, wear and adore for years to come!!! Please see measurements as this dress may fit a variety of sizes due to the empire style and the design xxx
Decade: 1960s Type: Dresses
Look: Hippy/Boho/Medieval/Regency/Gothic Noir Vamp Period: 1960s
Size: S (8-10) Colour: Black
Main Colour: Blacks Garment Type: Dress
Vintage Type: True Vintage European Size:: EURO 34 - 40 estimated ~ Please see measurements
Material: Muslin US Size: US 2/4 - 8/10 estimated ~ Please see measurements
Brand: BIBA UK Size:: UK 6 - 12 estimated ~ Please see measurements
Chest Size: Approx 36 inches /maybe bit more/see measurements

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~ Hippy-Luxe ~ Boho ~ Wedding ~ Indian ~ Victorian ~ Regency ~ Prairie ~ 

Stunning vintage BIBA iconic 1960s dress!
In gorgeous condition
Not only a piece of fashion history ~ but a stunning dress to look beautiful in...

The white vintage Biba dress in the picture above is the exact same dress 
as we are offering here ~ the dress we are offering you is the black version. The white dress was designed as a Biba Hippy-Luxe wedding dress ~ we like to think of the black version as 'Gothic Wedding'

This is a REAL BEAUTY!

A brilliant example of true early vintage BIBA style 

'Wherever the girls went there was silence. Elly was completely blue: blue make-up, blue clothes, blue cap and blue curls. Eva was all green, Del all violet. Some girls were all in black...  in their full regalia looking as if they had just left a Fellini set.'   

~ Barbara Hulanicki, describing the impact of the Biba look in 'From A to Biba'.

~ Vintage ~ 60s ~ 70s ~ Beatnik ~ Gothic ~ Wedding ~ Boho ~ Hippy-Luxe ~ Festival ~ Indian ~ Hippie ~ Victorian ~ Regency ~ Baroque ~ Georgian ~ Literary Heroine ~ Regency ~ Pre-Raphaelite ~ Tudor ~ Medieval ~ Mistress ~ Handmaiden ~ Courtly ~ Chivalry ~ Beautiful...

Hippy-Luxe ~ Boho ~ 60s ~ 70s ~ Regency ~ Pre-Raphaelite ~ Literary Heroine ~ Poet ~ Neo-Victorian ~ Tudor Mistress


Ethereal ~ Poetic ~ Sensual ~ Magical ~ Elegant ~ Graceful

An absolutely stunning, VINTAGE BIBA, very sexy, light muslin, beautifully designed empire line maxi dress in black, which oozes 70s iconic BIBA styling. 

The dress is an original vintage BIBA piece, a real collectors piece to treasure, love and wear ~ the white version of this dress (which can be seen in one of the pictures above) was designed as a 1960s iconic wedding dress, so to find this dress in black is particularly special. In a fabulous & high quality slightly sheer, soft black muslin. True Biba 60s hippy-luxe styling ~ and very reminiscent of Regency fashions with the empire line styling, and also very Pre-Raphaelite indeed...from the frilled/ruffled neckline edged in soft nude/peach lace ribboning, and the double layered gorgeous floaty sleeves to the long, ethereal & airy, semi-sheer skirt ~ This really is such a THE MOST FABULOUS dress. ~ It looks so STUNNING on ~ & the beautiful floaty fabric feel feels amazing to the touch & against the skin. The long sash adds that extra touch, and so do the long cords at the neckline and sleeve cuffs ~ and the stunning sleeves are another uniquely beautiful feature which make this dress so exquisite...the sleeves are designed in two layers, one shorter than the other, the top layer forms a deep bell shape over the inner longer sleeves, all edged in the soft nude/peach lace ribboning ~ divine!!! Perfect for special occasions  ~ or for any occasion where you want to add more than a touch of vintage bohemian elegance!!! Ideal for a gothic victoriana wedding day!!! This iconic dress truly is ABSOLUTELY TIMELESS! Collector's piece ~ and yet TOTALLY wearable!!!!! xxx

WE LOVE THIS DRESS ~ we're sure you will too! xxx

Excellent Vintage Condition ~ Original early black & gold 'Biba' label
Lovely subtly sexy, semi sheer black cotton muslin fabric ~ with soft nude/
peach lace ribbon detail.

SIZE: NO SIZE LABEL ~ we estimate size by the measurements ~ estimated sizes below...

PLEASE CHECK MEASUREMENTS BELOW ~ and please ask for any further measurements or information you might need.

UK ~ estimated 6 - 12 ~ Please see measurements below.

EURO ~ estimated 34  - 40 ~ Please see measurements below.

US ~ estimated 2/4 - 8/10 ~ Please see measurements below.


All measurements taken with  garment laid flat so please double up for all the way around where appropriate. 

All measurements are taken  with the garment pulled a bit to flatten (unless otherwise stated) ~ and please be aware that  there is inevitably a slight discrepancy in the ways different people  measure ~ so all measurements are approximate and please give or take  about a 1/4 inch or so either way.

Please measure against a  similar garment of your own which you know fits you well.

This dress is an empire line style ~ and the skirt section comes down from under bust ~ please see pictures.

Bust ~ armpit to armpit ~ across front ~ up to approx: 18 inches  ~ you can untie and loosen the cord which threads through the neckline and this gives more room if needed. 

Under bust ~ approx: 15 1/4 inches ~ measurements have been taken with sash completely untied ~ Sash can  be tied as tight or as loose as you wish.

Waist ~ free size.

Length ~ taken from the neckline ~ down back of dress to bottom of hem ~ approx: 54 1/2 inches

Sleeve ~ taken from top of shoulder seam down to bottom of cuff  ~ approx: 26 1/2 inches


~ BIBA ~

BIBA remains one of the most evocative names in British design history; it pioneered a new style, mixing the contemporary with Art Nouveau, Art Deco and the golden age of Hollywood, dressing itself in the richly luxuriant colours of a bygone time. Biba brought the cutting edge of couture to the masses. Brigitte Bardot, Yoko Ono and Princess Anne shopped there, whilst Sonny and Cher, Mick and Marianne were regular visitors among other celebrities and everyday women who fell in love with the clothing which would define an era. 

BIBA is frequently mentioned in the same giddy breath as mini-skirts, Mini cars, the Kings Road and various other London 'happenings' which shall forever define the 1960's as a decade that swung. It was born of humble origins - garments were initially sold cheaply and to many, by mail order in newspapers. But by the early 1970's, Biba ~ a labour of love, a label, a lifestyle ~  had reached hitherto unknown heights of sophistication, innovation and retail experimentation, via its legendary Big Biba emporium on Kensington High Street, once hailed in the Sunday Times as 'the most beautiful store in the world!'. 

What linked all the BIBA stores was Hulanicki's skill in creating environments that complimented the romantic, sensual appeal of her clothing ~ and of course her ability to design and create wearable yet beautiful & striking fashion which spoke to the heart and desire of women everywhere. The Victoria & Albert Museum, London now houses BIBA clothing & artifacts, as BIBA represents an iconic & historic image of a bygone time.

Vintage Biba pieces have now become very sought after & collectable ~ however, the clothing remains, as Barbara Hulanicki intended, a pleasure to wear, sensual. sexy & incredibly stylish! 


20th Century Vintage & Contemporary


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