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Handbags: 900 Bags to Die For [Paperback]

Anna Johnson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Oct. 21 2002
The Bolide. The Plume. The Birkin--object of lust in Sex in the City. Celebrating the must-have accessory for the fashion conscious woman, Handbags is an obsessive, irresistible visual extravaganza, featuring over 900 full-color photographs of the most luxurious, witty, covetable, talismanic examples of the bagmaker's art and history.

The iconic Hermés Kelly bag, made from first stitch to last by a single craftsperson. Judith Leiber's whimsical minaudiFres, Moschino's smiley-face bag, Elsa Schiaparelli's surrealist "bird cage," and the ne plus ultra of fashionable purses--the Chanel bag, reinvented for a new generation by Karl Lagerfeld. There are novelty bags, evening bags, sculptural bags, and class acts. Practical leather pochettes to carry a life, and elegant little reticules for nothing more than a credit card and a lipstick. Profiles of famous bagmakers: Jamin Puech, Kate Spade, Carlos Falchi, and the poet of utility, Bonnie Cashin, with her visionary "Cashin Carry" bags for Coach. Plus the anonymous Florentine artisans whose specialist leather workshops sprouted up in the 14th century.

A labor of love written by Anna Johnson, author of Three Black Skirts, Handbags features over 900 bags from collections, museums, and designers around the world, most of them photographed in seductive full-color exclusively for the book. The perfectly matched complement to Shoes, Handbags is about fashion, about desire, about secrecy, craftsmanship, art, and imagination as well as about the changing roles of women--everything that's packed into every important bag. Includes timelines, fascinating captions, and the "It" bags--anyone for a Fendi baguette?

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Anna Johnson started her career at nineteen as a journalist with Stiletto magazine. She writes for Vogue Australia, Vogue UK, Condé Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, and Elle. Currently she's dividing her time between Sydney and New York.

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2.0 out of 5 stars misunderstood the book Sept. 14 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I misunderstood what type of book it was. I thought there would be a few instructions with the pictures. It could give you ideas when you make your bags.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Smaller than I expected March 31 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for the photos, however as it is barely bigger than my hand, the photos don't exactly show a lot of detail. Also, my book had a different cover to the image shown on Amazon. Would have been a great coffee table book if it was printed in a larger format
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5.0 out of 5 stars one size does not fit all! Jan. 31 2003
A big celebration of those containers in which we store all manner of useful things we think we'll need away from home, & which we hang from our arms & shoulders. This book comes in a handy bag-sized packet offering photos of the spectacular, the artsy, the bon ton & the whimsical.
The names of the handbag makers read like a who's who of haute & not so haute couture - from a 5th century Scythian pouch to Priscilla Snyder's Dragon grip. From European almsbags to imperial beaded evening bags; from pocket books & long pockets from 17the century American women to tapestry French bags & Ottoman reticules from the early 1800s. From pirate chests of the 1930s to wicker bags of the 1950s. From the supercalifragelistic colors & patterns of the 1960s to the leather & tooling of Turkey. From a Hermes saddlebag to a Vuitton bucket shoulder bag of today, see what has inspired & who have crafted these essential accessories.
A fascinating, informative, colorful & well presented archive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fasinating/quality book May 28 2011
By W. Wu
The book surpassed my expectations. It includes lots of amazing handbags, tells fasinating history of handbags. It is written in beautiful and sometime peotic languges. Everything makes it more than a great read and makes you appreciate the beauty handbags can offer even more. I bought two more copies as gifts to friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bag addicts dream... June 21 2006
This is a wonderful little book all about handbags....and it's small enough to slip into your bag! Full of gorgeous photos of all kinds of bags, from the funky, fun type to the serious office bag and from the beaded extravaganza to the funtional tote. It also gives a brief history of bags and some background info on some of the designers. A handbag addict will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book! March 2 2004
By A Customer
If you really like bags, this is your book. Lots of lovely photographs and very well written text. A must-have for any handbag lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handbags: The Power of the Purse Sept. 15 2003
What a delightful little book. Don't buy another purse until you have a look through this little gem. Beautiful photographs.
Well written and a joy to behold for all who love purses.
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