This late 1960s/early 1970s vintage fabric comes from an original Biba garment, and was part of a collection belonging to Carol Jones - a regular customer and huge fan of Biba. We believe the items were unpicked because they no longer fitted her and she was intending to alter them. She also removed the garment labels, so a vintage Biba label is included with every bundle.
Each of the pieces is unique. In some case tiny pieces of fabric are missing, so it may not be possible to recreate the original item in its entirety. However, these beautiful fabrics can be used to create smaller pieces, like cushions and tote bags with a fascinating story and provenance.
This fabric is almost intact, and is a typically Biba-shaped dress around UK size 10 - with puffy, padded shoulders, and trademark skinny sleeves, with the collar removed. The geometric design textile in question can be seen in photographs of Big Biba – but as an upholstery fabric on the sofas, and as a carpet. We know there is a velour version of this print, but the dress is made in a soft cotton mix, rather like brushed Viyella.
This is a great opportunity to not only invest in a piece of fashion history, but to help recycle the past through contemporary handicraft. 10% of all proceeds from this sale will go to Cancer Research UK in memory of their former owner.
Please wash the fabric carefully by hand in cool water.