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Description - Bags: A Lexicon of Style (mini) by Valerie Steele

Clutch, tote, wear or carry it, the bag is the most portable, and flauntable, of accessories; a compact icon of style and status. In fact, bags speak volumes of our personal approach to fashion, providing clues to our outlook, occupations and even aspirations. Is your favourite bag a tiny, decorative one with just enough room for a lipstick and money, a practical tote with space for all life's essentials or a chic clutch stamped with designer logos. What does each one say about you? All this and more is addressed in Bags: A Lexicon Of Style. A beautifully illustrated study of the modern meaning of bags, the book examines each of the key bag types and explains their evolution and cultural connotations, with chapters devoted to Precious, Practical, Status, Luxury and Utility. It includes the best of contemporary design, incorporating interviews and images from leading labels such as Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Fendi, Hermes, Jamin Puech, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Lulu Guinness and Prada. This makes Bags: A Lexicon of Style as much a book for lovers of high fashion as it is for popular culture devotees.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781902686509
ISBN-10: 1902686500
Format: Hardback
(198mm x 170mm x 18mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Scriptum Editions
Publisher: London Scriptmate Editions
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Valerie Steele

VALERIE STEELE is Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. A cultural historian specialising in fashion, she is the editor of the journal Fashion Theory and has contributed essays to many other periodicals, from Aperture and Artforum to Visionnaire and Vogue. Her previous books include Paris Fashion, Women of Fashion, Fetish and Fifty Years of Fashion. LAIRD BORRELLI is a fashion historian in New York where she works at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She also writes on fashion and is a picture researcher. Her past projects include The Style Engine.

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