A few things you may not know about handbags.
Up until the 19th century womens’ clothing was so bulky that more than one bag or hanging pocket could easily be hidden underneath skirts on a dress. These pockets are usually worn on the thigh or hanging from the hip. It's believe that this is where the side pockets on the pants that we know of today came into being.
During the 19th century womens clothing slimmed down and dresses became straight and higher. This fashion trend didn't leave room for any pockets under multiple layers of skirt fabric. At this point this is where you started to see the precursors of today's handbags come into being replacing the previous reticules.
These bags are also known as carrier bags. Often used for travel for longer distances. Smaller carrier bags were used for everyday shopping visiting friends and family and business.
With the rise of high fashion in the early 20th century where art and fashion joined the handbag also evolved as a fashionable item that served the purpose of carrying belongings.
The great handbag designers at the 20th century emerge from the design houses we know today including or Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada. For other designers that came later such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Lauren, Versace and others which came into being in the later part of the 20th century The handbag was just as much of a fashion item any piece of clothing.
As we move through the technology age fashion designers are wondering about the impact that our smartphones will have on handbags.
Will technology allow us to consolidate the belongings that we carry with us and reduce our need for handbags? Will high fashion continue to shape the handbags we use?
Or Will the contents of our handbags change As they always have throughout history. We will see.
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