GREAT BOUDOIR COLLECTIONS are few and far between. My friend Jenny AKA Fizzylike has what I consider to be a great boudoir collection. She has bought many dolls from me and her collection has grown over the years. Her collection is 2die4 and she has made my list of top B'doll collectors. I'll post more of her decadent dollies later. If you have a doll you would like me to post a picture of send it to me ; ) .
This gorgeous new bag was made for custom for a client and we are making only two more. It's far more elaborate than the original. It took 3 days to make. This is a couture item. The details are amazing. It's also larger than the original. Her turban has old tiny ostrich feathers. The bag is striped lame' and satin with lace lining and metallic lace trim.
I'm so into this Morocco style garb right know. I just bought tons of deco rugs and put them every which way in my house. Love it and you might see a little of this influence in our December line. I bought the sickest fabrics today from my friends Euro shipment.....god I'm in textile heaven right now! This picture is what I'm doing at the moment.....fun huh?
‘The Biba Look’ or 'Dudu Look' was ‘fresh little foals with long legs, bright faces and round dolly eyes.’ Barbara Hulanicki describes her customers as ‘postwar babies who had been deprived of nourishing protein in childhood and grew up into beautiful skinny people: a designer's dream. It didn’t take much for them to look outstanding.’ These women were mostly teenagers or twenty year olds, who wanted to have clothes that looked good on them. All the Biba girls remember how women over thirty years old were considered old in the Biba store, and probably felt isolated as these girls felt in other stores. The employees were from the same demographic; among them at one point was a young Anna Wintour, later editor of Vogue. The Biba look consisted of what Hulanicki called "Auntie Colours" - Hulanicki described them as ‘look[ing] like a funeral.’ These colours were blackish mulberries, blueberries, rusts and plums. Biba smocks were uncomfortable and ‘itched’ and stopped women’s arms from bending - something that did not stop customers from buying the clothes, which had become the uniform of the era - with the added bonus of that whatever you bought, you could always get accessories to match. Miniskirts were causing a scene of their own, every week they got shorter ‘I thought surely we couldn’t shorten them any more, but magically there were a few old inches to go’ . Although Mary Quant was the first British designer to show the mini skirt, Biba was responsible for putting it on the high street and as miniskirts were in fashion, everything needed to be associated with them. Biba spread out into children’s wear after the second store was opened - inspired by the birth of Hulanicki's son Witold in 1967. Soon after his birth Hulanicki started designing children’s clothes. Uninspired by the traditional baby blue and pink ‘toweling suits or those prissy looking woolly jumpers and bonnets’ for babies she wanted her baby to wear ‘purple and black and other Auntie Colours’ . Soon Biba babies started to appear in the streets with their Biba mothers. Marketing strategy
The Biba logo played a crucial part in Biba’s success: the logo (see above) was black and gold and reflected the growing taste in youth for art deco. The logo was designed by Antony Little. To create a look for Biba in the first store, Little painted the Biba sign above the shop and blacked out all the windows. The blacked out windows didn’t allow the store’s interior to receive any sunlight which was vital for the Biba’s art nouveau atmosphere. The Biba logo was reconstructed in various ways to be appropriate for all the different products. Every product had the Biba logo on it. The labels showing size, color and price all resembled a similar style. In the final Biba store, each department had its own logo or sign which was based on the Biba logo and had a picture describing the department.
Biba was the first to set a standard for brand marketing and the first high street store to create a look for itself. The logo was seen on everything: from clothes to food, to wallpaper, creating an immediately recognizable identity from any piece sold at the store. Biba never wanted to be considered an average high street store and as a result the interior layout was always innovative and was set to enhance the clothes rather than just to hold them. The Biba Food Hall was also designed ingeniously, each part being aimed at one particular kind of product; a unit made to look like a dog consisted of dog food; a huge baked beans tin can consisted of only tins of Baked beans etc, all foods having individual innovative units. The clothes were also displayed in an unusual manner from the beginning hanging on coat stands. Since coat stands can not hold a lot of clothes many were needed. Fitz shopped for them all year round, so that he could secure as many as they needed in the store, while ordering hundreds more. Biba was also the first store that let customers try makeup before buying it. This started an unusual routine; women came to Biba before work with no makeup on, put it on in the store and then rushed to work. Biba also never exhibited anything in shop windows, believing instead that people would be intrigued and seduced to enter the shop by their captivating store interior seen from outside. At its first store, Biba didn’t even have its name above the door; customers just came in because they were interested what was inside the dark store roaring with music. The display windows in later stores were often made sitting areas, where you could read, watch the activity on the street, smoke and enjoy other peoples' company. These sitting areas attracted many to come to the store and just sit there all day smoking cigarettes and taking drugs, which became an obstacle Biba had to overcome towards the end. Biba made fashion accessible and made shopping a leisure activity.