Adlib's history is closely linked to traditional clothing in Ibiza, making straw hats, esparto-soled shoes and the shawls worn by women, easily seen int he island's typical clothing, an important part of its inspiration.
Ibiza's First Fashion Week was born in 1971 when the hippie movement arrived to the Pitiusan islands: a native style loved by all newcorners, pushing them to give added value to such delicate materials that were naturally routh and handmade.
The island's diversity made a melting pot for artists and visitors from all over the world and added local fashion and traditional Ibizan cosumes to the mix. Garments were made lighter to better fit the new trends, which gave way to Adlib fashion.
The name comes from one of the creators, JosÚ Colomar, who had been Vice-President of Tourism Development in Ibiza asd a departmen that, along with the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, promoted and reinforced a brand created under the Latin word Ad libitum, which means freedom.
The Yugoslav princess, Smilja Mihailovith, played an imporant role as the international ambassador of this new fashion trend. Smilja found in ibiza women to be free, of natural beatuy, carefree and real. This inspired local Ibizan designers, as well as from different parts of Europe, to make light pieces of clothing, in pure white, hand-embroided and with a certain flow to highlight a woman's body.