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Insanely Good 1973 Biba by Barbara Hulanicki Blue Backless Horse Print Jumpsuit

I have only ever seen one other jumpsuit like this. It was a red version and it was sold at auction several years ago. It was dated to 1973 by the auction house which makes sens given the version of label in it. Barbara Hulanicki and her husband started out their company as a mail-order business. A chance bit of press on one particular dress ended up with that dress selling into the thousands. That gave them the capital and confidence to open their first shop in 1964. By the 1970s it had become a cultural phenomenon. They next expanded into the US and opened a shop within Bergdorf Goodman's in New York City. In 1973 they opened the Big Biba store on Kensington High Street. That store was an entire lifestyle concept store where everything in it was for sale. It was a huge and new concept for the time and unfortunately maybe too big an idea as the store closed it doors in September 1975 marking the end of an era for British fashion. Biba pieces were loved and worn to death by fans and the really really good pieces like this one are very hard to come by in this kind of condition. This is one of the best Biba pieces I have ever had. 

The jumpsuit is made from a deep blue satin finish fabric. It is in its original length and the legs are supermodel length. It actually looks to have been worn very little which is almost miraculous with Biba pieces. Running over the entire jumpsuit is that fantastic pattern of a horse race with the horses and riders racing down a track. Scattered in and around that are little horseshoes. It is just wonderful. The cut is simple and easy but sexy. The front is two small halter cups that just cover the breasts. Straps extend out from that to tie around the back if the neck. The seams under the cups are curved and the rest of the jumpsuit falls from there. The waist is seamed but not super cinched in and then it skims over the hips. The legs are cut wide and full. They are a full 37" around at the hem. At the back the entire back is left bare below where it ties at the neck. It scoops down into a curve to the lower back. It is just an amazing piece. Excellent condition.

Unlined and has a low back zipper. It ties behind the neck. The pant hems have been let down at some point and are neatly finished with a serged hem. You can see the faintest line where they were turned up but I decided to leave it as it is still finished and then you can hem to your perfect length.

Bust: no true side seams but the front covers approx 15" across
Underbust: to just under 17" across
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 15" from top of bodice to waist and adjustable with ties
Pants: 46" from waist to hem
Inseam: 35"
Gusset: 13.5"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3967

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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