Handbags: 900 Bags to Die For

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The Bolide. The Plume. The Birkin—object of lust in Sex in the City. Celebrating the must-have accessory for the fashion conscious woman, Handbags is an obsessive, irresistible visual extravaganza, featuring over 900 full-color photographs of the most luxurious, witty, covetable, talismanic examples of the bagmaker's art and history.

The iconic Hermés Kelly bag, made from first stitch to last by a single craftsperson. Judith Leiber's whimsical minaudiFres, Moschino's smiley-face...

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Overview

The Bolide. The Plume. The Birkin—object of lust in Sex in the City. Celebrating the must-have accessory for the fashion conscious woman, Handbags is an obsessive, irresistible visual extravaganza, featuring over 900 full-color photographs of the most luxurious, witty, covetable, talismanic examples of the bagmaker's art and history.

The iconic Hermés Kelly bag, made from first stitch to last by a single craftsperson. Judith Leiber's whimsical minaudiFres, Moschino's smiley-face bag, Elsa Schiaparelli's surrealist "bird cage," and the ne plus ultra of fashionable purses—the Chanel bag, reinvented for a new generation by Karl Lagerfeld. There are novelty bags, evening bags, sculptural bags, and class acts. Practical leather pochettes to carry a life, and elegant little reticules for nothing more than a credit card and a lipstick. Profiles of famous bagmakers: Jamin Puech, Kate Spade, Carlos Falchi, and the poet of utility, Bonnie Cashin, with her visionary "Cashin Carry" bags for Coach. Plus the anonymous Florentine artisans whose specialist leather workshops sprouted up in the 14th century.

A labor of love written by Anna Johnson, author of Three Black Skirts, Handbags features over 900 bags from collections, museums, and designers around the world, most of them photographed in seductive full-color exclusively for the book. The perfectly matched complement to Shoes, Handbags is about fashion, about desire, about secrecy, craftsmanship, art, and imagination as well as about the changing roles of women—everything that's packed into every important bag. Includes timelines, fascinating captions, and the "It" bags—anyone for a Fendi baguette?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761123774
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/21/2002
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 692,240
  • Product dimensions: 4.06 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Johnson started her career at nineteen as a journalist with Stiletto magazine. She writes for Vogue Australia, Vogue UK, Condé Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, and Elle. Currently she's dividing her time between Sydney and New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

How the Bag Was Born

CLASS ACTS: ELEGANT ICONS

NIGHT CREATTURES: THE EVENING BAG

SCULPTURAL CHIC: SHAPE & STRUCTURE

OBSESSIVE ORNAMENT: THE DECORATED BAG

AMERICAN CLASSICS: SPORTY STYLE

NOVELTY & CAPRICE: HANDBAG HUMOR

Acknowledgements Photo Credits About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

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    This book is great! It's filled with concise, easy-to-read tidbits of handbag information. It's easy to read because it fits nicely in your handbag and can be picked up and read while on the train, at the doctors office...anywhere you have a few minutes of wait time. And, you can easily leave off anywhere in the book and pick it back up again. Also, filled with great color photos of vintage and modern bags. Definately recommend for someone who enjoys knowing a little more than the average girl about handbags, but in no way is a compilation of history and fashion houses...just a FUN book.

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