Bags (new edition)


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From the hand-stitched embroidered purses of the 16th century, to the ‘make-do-and-mend’ bags of the war years and the rise of the ‘It’ bag in the 2000s, bags reflect the needs and desires of their users as well as the changing attitudes to fashion. Focusing on the V&A’s world-famous bag collection, this beautifully illustrated, hardback book tells the story of the bag from the earliest leather pouches through to today’s covetable, luxury pieces. Presented in an illustrated chronological format, it includes a detailed glossary, bibliography and index.


Claire Wilcox


160 pages


16.5cm x 2cm x 23.6cm



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About the author
Claire Wilcox

Claire Wilcox

Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator of Fashion at the V&A and Professor in Fashion Curation at University of the Arts London. She curated the exhibitions Vivienne Westwood (V&A 2004), and The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947–1957 (V&A 2007), and also edited the accompanying catalogues.