It’s the quintessential accessory that every modern woman owns and adores. But have you ever wondered where this fashion icon came from and how it has evolved over the years?
It is said that a woman without her trusted handbag is as lost as a child without her mother in a crowd.
The term “purse” originally referred to a small bag for holding coins. A “handbag” is a larger needed accessory, that holds items beyond currency, such as a woman’s personal items and emergency survival items
Initially in the modern origin the purses were worn to carry coins and were made of soft fabric or leather, and were worn by men as often as ladies.
Have you ever known that in the 15th century, a purse was a traditional gift from a groom to his bride ( it was considered a symbol of marriage )The bags typically were elaborately embroidered with an illustration of a love story. Nowadays I think we’ll stick with the ring!
As turbans, jeans, bags were initially worn by men to carry money, jewelry or personal objects. During time it was the sign of power, statute and beauty of course.
Did you know that in the 14th century, women wore their personal object in pockets encrusted into the veils of the dresses?
As we reach the late 19th century, technology was booming which opened the fashion gates to endless opportunities! Soon, the handbag advanced into many shapes, sizes, colors and designs that women could choose from.
In the 1920’s and 30’s a new and distinct look arose. Top designers like Lanvin and Patou created a new handbag called the clutch, which emphasized this new trend. Later, around the 1950’s, the handbag industry blossomed, designers like Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga took the lead in the handbag industry and sparked others like Coco Chanel and Hermes to gain immense popularity.
Before the World War II the bags had small dimensions, but after the war their sizes started to extend till enormous bags that exist today.
The years that followed till the present has opened up a treasure of textures and materials, In short a fascinating variety of handbags for every mood, every outfit, and every occasion.
Will the handbag continue to evolve? Absolutely! There will always be new needs to be filled and new design trends making their appearance. Styles, purpose and trends will continue to change over time but the one thing that is for sure is that the handbag will never go out of fashion.
Source: magnifiquebags.com, handbagheaven.com.
( Audrey Hepburn and her Louis Vuitton bag, Source:toppurseclub.com )
( Grace Kelly with Hermes bag, Source:vsg.com )
( Lady D with Dior bag, Source:makeupandbeauty.com )
( Chanel fall 2014 bag, Source:vogue.co.uk )
( Tom Ford ss 2014 bag, Source:pinterest )