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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Biba & I beat a stylish path to Brighton


After the success of Biba & I with Delisia Howard and Chris Price at The Horse Hospital in London, Plectrum is heading to the coast for a Brighton & Hove scented night of Bibaology. The city in which Barbara Hulanicki spent her teenage years was also home to the only branch of Biba outside London... though the manageress of the haunted shop turned out to be a gangster's moll, and shady characters with names like Phil the Pill and Carol the Arrow mixed with the Biba beauties. Hair-raising tales which Delisia and Chris will recount along with an host of fabulous Bibalogical stories, songs, and rarely seen images, amidst the 1930s splendour of The Brunswick's Venue with its original Art Deco fixtures and fittings and wood panelling; the same panelling which also graces the Orient Express.

“A fabulous voyage through the music of memory, the glittering remembered streets where to be bold and beautiful opened the doors of possibility… Spending an evening with Delisia and Chris is like being taken on a magic carpet ride, passing through Pop Art to Punk, from the cellar clubs of London, Brighton and Paris to the skyscrapers of New York, evoking long forgotten faces and the places where genius resides…”
- Cathi Unsworth, writer, editor, ‘First Lady of Noir Fiction’, whose acclaimed new novel, Bad Penny Blues (Serpent’s Tail) is out now.



Plectrum Live Edition
presents
BIBA & I

An evening of illustrated and music accompanied Biba tales & Bibaology
with Delisia Howard & Chris Price

Introduced by Guy Sangster Adams, editor of Plectrum - The Cultural Pick

8pm, Thursday 15th April 2010
at The Brunswick, 1 Holland Road, Hove, BN3
Tickets £6/£5 concessions
To reserve tickets email: guy@theculturalpick.com

Each ticket includes the current issue of
Plectrum – The Cultural Pick magazine
www.theculturalpick.com
www.brunswickpub.co.uk

In 1964, Barbara Hulanicki founded a shop that was to change the face of fashion in the 1960s and 1970s, Biba. Hulanicki grew up in
Brighton, and the city was also briefly home to the only branch of the highly influential shop outside London. Writer Delisia Howard
was not only in charge of cosmetics and household for Biba from 1968 to the closing of Big Biba in 1975, but she was also the in house model on whom Hulanicki would fit and refine all her sample clothing designs. With her husband, the illustrator Chris Price, Howard has created the imprint Hazard Books, to produce fabulous limited edition and handmade books, two of which, InBiba and SinBiba, have continued their creative collaboration with Hulanicki, as they also feature her illustrations.


Plus for sale on the night:

The books InBiba & SinBiba by Delisia Howard, Chris Price, and Barbara Hulanicki, in addition to other books from the Hazard imprint, which Delisia and Chris will be happy to sign. Cover prices specially reduced by 15%
www.bibabook.com

Limited edition DVD box sets of the documentary Beyond Biba: A Portrait of Barbara Hulanicki
Cover price specially reduced to £20 or £18 for concessions
& Beyond Biba posters signed by Barbara Hulanicki £10 or £8 for concessions
www.beyondbibamovie.com

(Please note no credit or debit card facilities are available on the night)