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Brighton students’ clothing range goes on sale
4:30pm Saturday 23rd February 2013 in News
By Gareth Davies
Students’ self-made clothing range is on sale at the Brighton Museum shop alongside the iconic BIBA collection on which they were modelled.
Art & Design students from City College Brighton and Hove launched their first business enterprise last year, selling a range of limited edition hand-printed art and craft items which they designed and made themselves.
The hand-crafted items were inspired by the global fashion phenomenon of the 1960s, BIBA, so it was deemed fitting the sale of the products in the shop coincided with the current ‘BIBA and Beyond’ exhibition, one of the museum’s most successful ever temporary exhibitions.
Nicki Carter, Brighton Museum’s head buyer and merchandise manager said: “I was most impressed with the quality and original design of these products.
“They were pitched very professionally, much better than some reps I deal with on a daily basis.”
The BIBA collection, launched by Barbara Hulanicki, was seen as one of the coolest labels around in the 60s and 70s.
Jane Campling, City College’s Art & Design curriculum team leader said: “For the students to have their work on sale at such a high-profile retail outlet as the Brighton Museum shop is a real boost to their confidence and just shows the kind of professional standards they’re achieving here at the college.
“They’ve been hugely inspired by looking at what BIBA achieved in the 60s and I think that really comes across in their designs.”
One of Britain’s most illustrious models, Twiggy, talking of Barbara Hulanicki said: “She changed fashion in England single-handedly.”
BIBA was brought to Brighton when Hulanicki moved from her native Poland and studied at Brighton School of Arts.
The first ever BIBA shop was located at 87 Abingdon Road, Brighton, and the museum exhibition recalls these times as well as the London era which saw the shop in Kensington Road become a celebrity hang-out for the likes of David Bowie and Mick Jagger.
The Biba and Beyond exhibition is open until April 14, 2013, and is situated on the first floor of Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.
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