BAGS


BAGS

CLAIRE WILCOX    Book Number: 89905    Product format: Paperback

The handbag as we know it complements the pared down clothing of the modern era, where pockets stuffed with paraphernalia would interfere with a desirable streamlined silhouette. In earlier days of more voluminous clothing, pockets and pouches were the norm, although small bags and purses might be hung round the waist from the late middle ages. Those that have survived, such as the 16th century Calthorpe purse with its coat of arms worked on linen, are the ones belonging to wealthy people. As close-fitting styles came into vogue with the Jane Austen era, the elegant Reticule emerged in which a lady would keep her fan or money-purse. A beautiful circular beadwork bag from the early 19th century is pictured, incorporating a hinged metal clasp with imitation jewel insets and chain. The leather handbag came into vogue at the end of the Victorian era, and in Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest it famously refers to a large luggage bag, big enough to hold an abandoned baby, while a lady in a Punch cartoon of the same period explains that her bag is far too heavy to put anything in it. The Art Deco era saw new materials such as plastic used in striking geometrical designs, and the war years were characterised by the introduction of the economical string bag. The 1970s were the heyday of the designer bag, and the book takes us up to the recent era of Issy Miyake and Moschino. 127pp, softback, colour reproductions.
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ISBN 9781851775361
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