BagsBook - 2017
Illuminating the evolution of bag designs and uses from the medieval period to today, the author explores early drawstring creations and richly worked ecclesiastical purses, before looking at large work bags of the 18th century, and by contrast the small reticules that were designed to complement high-waisted Empire line dresses. Increased travel in the 19th century brought about the leather handbag as we know it today, while the 20th century saw an explosion of innovations, from 1930s designs reflecting the streamlined American aesthetic and the use of new synthetics such as imitation patent and Vynide, to the rise of the luxury designer handbag by the likes of Hermès, Gucci, Chanel and Prada. After a general introduction, chronological chapters unfold, illustrated throughout; a detailed glossary, bibliography and index conclude the book..."
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 
Edition: Revised and expanded edition
Branch Call Number: 391.44 W66b1
Characteristics: 160 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Accessories. Bags