Inside the Bags: Inside Out exhibition

Produced as part of Bags: Inside Out

On now until Sunday, 16 January 2022

More about this Exhibition

Take a look inside our spectacular Bags: Inside Out exhibition. From being worn inside clothing to conceal valuables, to being an overt identifier of status and profession; and from serving as a vessel for making a political statement, to becoming a covetable and iconic showpiece – discover how this everyday item has evolved over time.

★★★★ – The V&A is finally giving handbags the fashion recognition they deserve.

Culture Whisper
Gold letters that spell BAGS hanging on a blue fabric background
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wide-angle shot of the Bags exhibition mezzanine level with display windows and stair railings
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Presenting a deep dive into the fascinating history of this not-so-humble accessory

Independent
Green coloured display case in the shape of arched windows displaying bags
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Pink coloured display case with bags on plinths and 2D material on the back wall
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★★★★★ – An absolute joy of a show? Totes!

The Telegraph
Gold and red bag with drawstrings and crest on the left and a bag in the shape of a frog on an orange background on the right
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Brown trunk with the lid ajar on display behind glass with a blue brick effect surround.
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★★★★ – This season's must have ticket... fashionistas won't be disappointed.

Londonist
Display featuring the grey facade of a building with orange 'windows' with orange backcloths and a bag in each.
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View of the Bags exhibition featuring a blue table in the foreground and swatches of orange and red material hanging up.
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...a magpie-delighting deep dive into the world's most important, bonkers and beautiful bags.

Evening Standard
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