Carry me – A Century of Handbags, on display 21.2.–13.9.2020 at the Museum Milavida.
The modern woman does not leave her home without her bag, but it has not always been just a feminine and fashionable accessory. In prehistoric times, berries and fruits were collected in various leather bags, and in the Middle Ages men wore money and amulets in small leather bags. The actual hand-held pouch-shaped women’s bag was born in the late 18th century in England as the fashion became more body-friendly. The first bag brands such as Vuitton and Hermes were born in the late 19th century. Carry me – A Century of Handbags exhibition explores women’s handbag fashion from 1920-2020. The exhibition showcases about 50 iconic handbags, many of which have become classics due to their famous carriers. Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Jaqueline Kennedy-Onassis and Princess Diana are present with their handbags at the exhibition. The bags are collected from Italian private collections.