How did the humble bag move from functional object to coveted fashion accessory bearing the names of French fashion models and Monegasque royalty? This new exhibition will weave together a story of design and craftsmanship through 300 objects dating from the 16th century to modern day. We will see bags worn by both men and women, bags designed to conceal items, bags desgined to show off, bags designed to be worn on fingers, and bags designed to transport entire wardrobes. This rich sartorial history will reveal how bags have functioned as both a symbol of privacy and ostentation; of adornment and utility.
Of course, it wouldn't be a worthy bags exhibition without the presence of some of the most recognisable models on the luxury fashion market. The Birkin bag and piles of Louis Vuitton luggage are sure to have bag-heads drooling over virtuosic leather-work. With so many styles and stories to get to the bottom of, it's sure to be bags of fun.
Tickets on sale Winter 2019. Watch this space.
|Where||V&A, South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
25 Apr 20 – 03 Jan 21, 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
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