About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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More Biba

Here are more pics from the original Biba catalogues that I had the pleasure of seeing recently.

Wonderful puffy sleeves with tight, buttoned cuffs.

Fashionable ghouls

Fabulous Cossack coat and shirt, middle right.

It’s hard to see but the trousers on the right have a horizontal stripe pattern.

Normally, prices in London charity shops are prohibitively expensive. A couple weeks ago I went to TRAID in Camden Town to make a donation, not even expecting to find anything to buy. And, lo and behold, there was a sale -- all clothing was priced at £2.

In addition to a couple dresses, I picked up a 1970s knit fabric in a horizontal stripe. Actually, someone had sewn it into a caftan of sorts, but had hacked at the neckline so that it was all uneven. I scooped it up (£1) with the idea that I wanted to make a pair of trousers (like the pair in the 6th image above and like Vix’s recent Biba find).

Reader Comments (2)

What wonderful pictures. Love the models eyelashes too. I didn't know about her designs until now. Can't wait to see the horizontal stripe pants you come up with.

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

Blimey, that fabric does look like my Biba pants. You should be able to knock up some beauties with that!
Gorgeous Biba images, love the quirky eyepatch! x

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

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