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The Secret History of the Handbag
The Secret History of the Handbag

The Secret History of the Handbag


206 Pages, 8.5 x 11.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $49.95 (US $49.95) (CA $59.95)

Publication Date: September 2014

ISBN 9780957150065

Rights: US & CA

Double-Barrelled Books (Sep 2014)

Price: $49.95


From the earliest times to the star handbags of today, a sumptuous, highly visual celebration of the history of handbags in all their diversity and luxuryFrom the reticules of the 18th century through through the mesh bags and chatelaines of the l9th century to Japanese inro in the 20th century, the history of the handbag is also the social history of the times in which these exquisite models were created. Every major couturier from the 1920s, from Paul Poiret to Chanel to Vionnet and Schiaparelli, has created handbags to go with their outfits, and this book showcases these creations with the fashion illustrations and fashion photographs of the time. Handbags have been inspired by real womenâ€â€Ânotably Grace Kelly and the Kelly bag, and by events in the world such as Schiaparelli's gas mask bag, and in more recent times tie-ins with stars and celebrities have grown every more important. Nowadays a handbag is the foundation of fashion fortunes, and certain models, such as the Hermes Birkin, are as famous in China as they are in the rue de la Paix. This lively and informative book features beautiful and rare illustrations spanning the centuries.


"required reading" and a "deep dive into the history of everyone's favorite accessory." â€â€ÂE! Online

Author Biography

Meredith Etherington-Smith is the author of many books on social history, taste, and fashion, including Axel Vervoordt and The Most Fabulous Jewels in the World.