Biba Exclusive

The amazing Mr Brownwindsor has furnished me with a much-desired copy of the [would be a cult if anyone knew about it] film Side by Side. From 1975, it has a lot to recommend it if you are anything like me and care not for plot or characterisation when there’s glam rock groups, immensely outrageous clothes and period location shooting involved. Even my beloved Fox make an appearance.

Most amazingly, there’s an incredible segment recorded on location at the Biba rooftop restaurant. Wicker peacock chairs, fringed lampshades et al. An incredible, and rare, insight into the then-soon-to-be-lost world of Big Biba and one which seems to have itself largely been lost in the mists of time.

No longer!


8 Comments on “Biba Exclusive”

  1. Perdita says:

    Love Biba! As well as hunting the vintage shops and ebay, I'm keeping an eye on the House of Fraser revival, because I have some HoF vouchers (ah, cunning!).

  2. I'm really quite pleased no-one 'does' house plants anymore. They do get in the way, don't they.

  3. Smashingbird says:

    Aaaaaaahhhh fabulous. The Michael Crawford impression was quite uncanny….. ;p I loved the Fox clip too, must keep my eyes open for a copy of this.

  4. brownwindsor says:

    Hm, if I'm going to be linked by eminent bloggers I suppose I really ought to start posting again.

  5. TinTrunk says:

    *Type Delete Type Delete*A precious glimpse into Big Biba, but – oh dear – I can't trust myself to comment on the merits of the film itself!

  6. Lori says:

    I would love to see this film, it looks entertaining, and to just get a peek into Biba makes it worth watching!

  7. luxhedera says:

    Fantastic footage. You made my day! Thank you :))

  8. […] couldn’t resist the urge to share my “discovery” of the sequence from Side by Side (not the greatest film in the world but it has value and […]

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