Classic or rakish, discreet or ostentatious, worn by day or at night, over the shoulder or handheld, this minuscule box of secrets is women s most essential accessory. It s a miniature version of her universe: mirror, keys, diary, photographs, and secret messages; the bedroom or boudoir she hangs from her arm. The purse has lived many lives. Designers have become uninhibited, constantly surpassing the limits of the functional and the beautiful; fashion icons have given their names to bags. Combining photographs of fashion with archival images from around the world, Bags recounts the flamboyant history of this accessory and is a must read.Note: This special memoire actually carries as a small handbag!
About the Author
Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter is an art historian and critic, journalist and archeologist. She has published numerous articles on primitive art in such magazines as Archeologia, Beaux-Arts Magazine, and Kaos. As a child she lived in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and has subsequently worked all over the far east. She is author of numerous books including Ethnic Style: History and Fashion and Gandhara: The Memory of Afghanistan (Assouline), and Tribal Arts: Africa, Oceania, Southeast Asia (Vendôme Press).