Brighton Museum has had a Biba exhibition on since September (yep you read that right, it started 8 months ago) and in typical Brighton fashion I finally got there yesterday. There were a few times that I was supposed tomeet a friend and go, however school, illness etc got in the way. It closes Sunday 14th (tomorrow) so being the Easter holidays we had to bite the bullet and take the children with us.
The exhibition is in three rooms, the first looking at the early days, the second the clothes and the Biba experience, and the third looking at Barbara Hulanicki’s more recent work – in interiors as well as fashion.
The story I knew well, through reading books such as from A to Biba, and watching the Beyond Biba dvd, but is was brilliant seeing all the clothes together, close up. The detailing on them, especially on the shoulders and cuffs is exquisite. We also loved the way the exhibition had personal stories from the people who wore them, along with photographs of themselves wearing them.
LOVE this dress – the styling and the print.
A big well done to Brighton Museum for making it child friendly. Each room had something for them to do – dressing up, drawing etc, so the children really enjoyed it too.
It closes tomorrow, so if you are local do pop down – if you live in Brighton and take proof of address it is £3 to get in. Beware though it may be busy – I saw a few Brighton people I knew, and it seems we have all done the same thing. Not gone in the first few weeks in case it was busy, then suddenly realised this week is our last chance!