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Handbags

The Making of a Museum
by Judith Clark
Yale Univ Pr

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Pub Date: 2012
Format: Hardback with bw & color illus.
Pages: 272 pp.
Size: 8.75 x 10.75 inches

ISBN: 9780300186185
TB Code: 1805439
Availability: 829 in stock

The history of the handbag—its design, how it has been made, used, and worn—reveals something essential about women's lives over the past 500 years. Perhaps the most universal item of fashionable adornment, it can also be elusive, an object of desire, secrecy, and even fear. Handbags explores these rich histories and multiple meanings.

This book features specially commissioned photographs of an extraordinary, newly formed collection of fashionable handbags that date from the 16th century to the present day. It has been acquired for exhibition in the first museum devoted to the handbag, in Seoul, South Korea. The project is a commission undertaken by experimental exhibition-maker Judith Clark, whose innovative practices are revealed in Handbags.