Bags - the exhibition catalogue from V&A available to buy at Museum Bookstore


Regular price £12.95

'This petite volume defies its diminutive stature with the amount of history and information it holds between the covers.' - New York Journal of Books

Drawn from the V&A's collection, this richly illustrated book explores the changing styles and uses of bags from the hand-stitched embroidered purses of the sixteenth century to the rise of the 'It' bag in the noughties.

It offers an enlightening and fascinating examination and exploration of bags with information on types of construction, embellishments, fashion trends, and the raison d’être for each of the styles within the book. A glossary in the last pages provides an invaluable source of information and gives the reader a better-rounded understanding of the subject.

An excellent book to give the fashion / historical costume fan.

Read the New York Journal of Books review

  • Author: Claire Wilcox, Senior Curator of Fashion, V&A
  • Hardcover: 160 pages | 114 colour illustrations
  • Date published: April 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500519370
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.7 cm