Victoria & Albert Museum · Bags: Inside Out Exhibition

Exhibition on now until Sunday, 12 September 2021.

From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, Bags: Inside Out explores the style, function, design and craftsmanship of the ultimate accessory.

The Victoria and Albert Museum is showing some 300 items at the exhibition called Bags: Inside and Out . They range from a 16th-century embroidered purse to a contemporary plastic rucksack by British designer Stella McCartney.

The decorative arts and design museum has chosen to focus on the accessories for its first exhibition since England’s lockdown was lifted in early December. It looks at the “It bag” craze that kicked off in the 1990s, with women flocking to buy a certain designer style, influenced by celebrity images. 

Bag and purse, by Emily Jo Gibbs, 1996, UK. Museum no. T.531:1, 2-1996. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
‘Lait de Coco’, evening bag, Karl Lagerfeld, 2014. © Jason Lloyd Evans
The handbag that belonged to former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
A Bao Bao Issey Miyake Lucent Metallic tote bag
Burse, 1558 – 1603, England. Museum no. T.40-1986. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Tracey Emin for Longchamp, International Woman suitcase, 2004. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. DACS
A ‘Spider Jewelled Four Ring Box Clutch’ bag by Alexander McQueen, Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP
‘Baguette’ bag, by Fendi, 2000, Italy.
A ‘Calavera’ skull clutch bag by designer Charlotte Olympia.
Bags: Inside Out exhibition tote bag
Bags: Inside Out Exhibition Catalog
Bags illustration Vogue print

Source: V&A · Bags: Inside Out