Decade by decade, the lavishly illustrated Vintage Handbags recounts
over 100 years of handbag history
Accompanied by archive images, fashion photography and specially commissioned
photographs of period pieces, the most collectible and beautiful handbags are
showcased. An invaluable reference as well as a visual delight of times past,
the book explores the key designers, technical developments and cultural
influences that shaped handbag design, revealing exquisite and groundbreaking
work from such luminaries as Salvatore Ferragamo, Coco Chanel, Hermès, Fendi,
Bonnie Cashin, and Judith Leiber.
Each chapter begins with a historical introduction to the era, offering an
overview of the designers of the time and their key influences. Each decade
ends with a “key looks” spread, showing an at-a-glance view of the important
handbag designs that defined the era. The book concludes with a shopping guide,
which offers pointers on sourcing and caring for original vintage pieces, along
with a glossary of the century’s most collectible handbag designers.
About the Author
Marnie Fogg is a fashion and media consultant in the UK. With a masters degree in art and design, she has also been a senior lecturer in fashion and textiles at the University of Nottingham. Marnie is the author of more than ten vintage fashion books.
Foreword by Anya Hindmarch; Introduction; 1900-19: The Birth of the Bag; 1920s: Movement and Modernism; 1930s: Decoration and Surrealism; 1940s: Austerity and Innovation; 1950s: Structure and Decorum; 1960s: Youthquake; 1970s: Freedom, Fun and Fantasy; 1980s: The Designer Decade; 1990s to Now: Future Collectibles; Shopping and Collecting; Glossary of Designers; Index; Further Reading; Acknowledgements.