Barbara Hulanicki

Barbara Hulanicki "London 1986, Après BIBA"

 

Hulanicki was born in Poland and raised in Palestine, where her father was the Polish Consul General during the British Mandate. She moved to England at the age of 12, after her father was assassinated by the Stern Gang, a breakaway movement of the Irgun. Hulanicki's  career is a success story with rock and roll roots. In the 1960's, Hulanicki went into business with her partner Stephen Fitz Simon, founding one of the most influential fashion emporiums of the 20th century, BIBA (Anna Wintour was a BIBA intern). Their affordable, stylish pieces struck a chord with the public, and stars like Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and Marianne Faithful became regulars. At its peak, up to a million customers visited BIBA weekly and it was the city’s second biggest attraction after the Tower of London.

London 1986, Après BIBA  focuses on Barbara's photographic accomplishments and presents never-before-published photographs of the ballet "A Different Set of Muscles." The ballet was choreographed by dancer Matthew Hawkins with costumes by Mark Erskine-Pullin (aka Mr. Pearl), designer of the Wonder Woman Corset and of Kardashian fame. The exhibit also includes members of Barbara’s set: Molly Parkin (fashion editor, painter, poet, hedonist) playing Cupid, Twiggy styled as a Fairy Queen, and Anna Piaggi (editor of Vogue Italia) in her own clothes. Also included are a series of images she created for an article in the London Standard newspaper in 1986. 

Hulanicki first came to Miami Beach to design a nightclub for Rolling Stones musician Ron Wood in 1989. She never left. Barbara was the most influential hotel designer of the revitalization of South Beach, winning an award from the Miami Design Preservation League for her design of the Marlin Hotel. She also designed the interiors of the Leslie, Cardozo, Carlyle, Kent, Netherland, and Cavalier. In 2012, she was awarded the Order of the British Empire. A 2009 Documentary, "Beyond BIBA: A portrait of Barbara Hulanicki," is on Amazon Prime, and "BIBA," a six-part drama series by Buffalo Pictures, will be released on BBC in the fall of 2021.

If you’re interested in purchasing a piece please see the concierge, call 305-531-6100 or email [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.

Barbara

“Twiggy Wearing Fairy Costume”

London 1986, designed by Mr. Pearl

For the Matthew Hawkins ballet “A Different Set of Muscles” Dame Lesley Lawson is an English model, actress and singer widely known as "Twiggy". Twiggy is a British cultural icon and was a prominent model in the swinging 60's in London.

Unframed Size: 40"x40" - $5,000
Framed Size: 44"x44" - $5,350

 

Barbara

“Romantics: Designers Dean Bright and Mr. Pearl”

London 1986, designed by Mr. Pearl

Dean Bright was Assistant to Barbara Hulanicki on the design of Ron Woods, "Woodys on the Beach Club" in Miami in 1987. Mr. Pearl (Mark Erskine-Pullin) was a dresser and costume designer for the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Mr. Pearl, based in Paris, creates bespoke corsets for private clients such as Kim Kardashian, who wore a Mr. Pearl corset to the 2019 Met Gala.

Unframed Size: 40"x40" - $5,000
Framed Size: 44"x44" - $5,350

Barbara

“Molly Parkin”

London 1986

After making hats and bags for Barbara Hulanicki at Biba and opening her own Chelsea boutique, Parkin became Fashion Editor of Harpers and Queen, a television personality and ultimately the Editor of Nova magazine.

Unframed Size: 40"x40" - $5,000
Framed Size: 44"x44" - $5,350

Barbara

“Tender Hearts”

London 1986, designed by Mr. Pearl

For the Matthew Hawkins ballet “A Different Set of Muscles” Mike Nicholls and Claire Lawrie performed the roles of "Decide" and "Desire" in the ballet. They were nightclub performers at the time of the ballet and are now documentary filmmakers.

Unframed Size: 24"x34" - $3,000
Framed Size: 28"x38" - $3,300

Barbara

“English Eccentric in Bird Hat”

London 1986

For the Matthew Hawkins ballet “A Different Set of Muscles” Nicola Bateman Bowery played "Time Herself" in the ballet and crafted props for the show.

Unframed Size: 24"x34" - $3,000
Framed Size: 28"x38" - $3,300

Barbara

“Model in Hamilton Hat”

Hat by Kirsten Woodward, Jewelry by Andrew Logan, London 1986

From The London Standard article, 1986.

Unframed Size: 40"x40" - $5,000
Framed Size: 44"x44" - $5,350

Barbara

“Model in Ribbon Hat”

Hat by Kirsten Woodward, Jewelry by Andrew Logan, London 1986

From The London Standard article, 1986.

Unframed Size: 32"x40" - $5,000
Framed Size: 36"x44" - $5,350

Barbara

“Model in Leopard-Knot”

Turban by Kirsten Woodward, London, 1986

From The London Standard article, 1986.

Unframed Size: 40"x40" - $5,000
Framed Size: 44"x44" - $5,350

Barbara

“Anna Piaggi in her personal wardrobe at the Connaught Hotel”

London, 1986

Anna Piaggi was a Italian fashion writer and style icon. She was Editor of Italian Vogue and in 2006 had a solo exhibit "Fashion-ology" at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Unframed Size: 19"x19" - $2,500
Framed Size: 24"x24" - $2,675