V&A Museums Hand Bag Exhibiton To Feature Design From Hermes And Louis Vuitton

Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) announced that it will soon launch a new exhibition exploring the style, function, design and craftsmanship of handbags from around the world dating back to the 16th Century.

Titled “Bags!”, the exhibition will showcase over 300 objects used by both men and women, varying in scale from tiny purses designed to be carried on a finger (yes, even smaller than Jacquemus’ micro bags) to sizable trunks made to protect the contents of travellers’ voluminous wardrobes.

The museum’s curators hope to “highlight the nature of the bag as an object for both display and concealment, adornment and utility”.

Curators from the museum are currently in talks to display one of the handbag’s from former prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s collection which she often described as her “secret weapon”.

Lucia Savi, curator at the V&A, said of Thatcher’s bags: “They’re so iconic.

“The Margaret Thatcher bag … would really highlight the symbolic meanings of bags.

“They’re not only functional; they were, for sure for her, functional objects, but the focus becomes symbolic.

The former politician, who died in 2013, previously said of the accessory: “Of course, I am obstinate in defending our liberties and our law. That is why I carry a big handbag.”

The museum previously acquired six outfits worn by Baroness Thatcher from the former prime minister’s children. However, no handbags from Thatcher’s collection were put on display.

The “Bags!” exhibition will from 25 April 2020 until 3 January 2021 and tickets will go on sale this winter here.


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