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Fashion icon awarded honorary degree

Barbara Hulanicki was presented with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design by the University’s School of Art & Design.
Barbara, who now lives in Miami, said she was “absolutely thrilled” to be honoured by the University at a ceremony at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Tuesday. (September 2, 2008).
She said: “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted. It is just lovely to receive this award.”
The award was presented in recognition of Barbara’s outstanding contribution to fashion and interior design.
Sharon Watts, Course Leader for Design and Applied Arts, said: “Barbara Hulanicki is an iconic figure in fashion and interior design. Her broad and extensive work on all aspects of design have been pivotal, and we wanted to celebrate and acknowledge her outstanding contribution.
“She is still a vibrant and creative force today, and we hope to further develop a relationship with her and work together on projects.”
Barbara Hulanicki began her career in fashion in the early 1960s, working as a freelance fashion illustrator. In 1964, she founded the boutique Biba, which became an icon of 60s and 70s London. The avant-garde Biba cosmetics brand was sold in 33 countries.
In 1987, Barbara reinvented herself as an interior/exterior designer in Miami Beach and her projects included work for Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones and Gloria Estafan. From 1990 to the present she has redesigned top hotels in the Caribbean and Miami Beach.
Throughout her career, Barbara has designed costumes for stage and film productions, including clothing for Julie Christie in Darling (1965) and various costumes for her old friend and Biba model, Twiggy.
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Picture: Barbara Hulanicki at the University of Wolverhampton graduation ceremony.
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