Handbags… A True Piece of Art- An Unexpected View

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Handbags in Art : An Unexpected View

Hi Girls!!! While, I was searching for pictures and information for my previous article on structured handbags, three things happened. First, a friend of mine, who loves art and cooking sent me an email with some amazing artistic pictures of handbags, taken by the famous photographer, Fulvio Bonavia. Then my mother, fully committed in supporting my new project, gave me a calender with wearable art handbags from a book on handbags, by Anna Johnson. And finally, accidentally I came across some beautiful stone handbags made by the German sculptress called Annette Hilbrecht. I hope you will enjoy exploring further the subject of handbags…

Illustration of woman holding an early purse, 1798. “Le réticule à rédus”.
Le reticule a redus, 1798
Le reticule a redus, 1798
Comedian Bill Conelly said : ” A woman’s mind is as complex as the content of her handbag; even when you get to the bottom of it, there is always something to surprise you ” !
Fulvio Bonavia
Fulvio Bonavia
Fulvio Bonavia


Fulvio Bonavia, Parmesan
Parmesan handbag
Cauliflower Bag
Cauliflower Handbag
Broccoli Handbag
Broccoli Handbag

In his book ” A Mater of Taste “, published in 2009, Italian photographer Fulvio Bonavia, blends together gastronomy with haute couture.He uses natural and edible elements to create the most amazing handbags.  The award winning artist is also famous for his shots of art campaigns for a range of international clients from Adidas to Jaguar.

Anna Johnson

Issey Miyake, 1991
Issey Miyake, 1991


Case with poem, 1806
Case with poem, 1806
Black Crocodile Purse, 1920s
Black Crocodile Purse, 1920s
Crocheted Coin Purse, 19th Century
Crocheted Coin Purse, 19th Century

In her book ” Handbags “, Anna Johnson features 900 full-color photographs of bags from collections, museums and designers around the world. Her book includes the most irresistible, luxurious and witty examples of the bagmaker’s art and history. She explains, “The ideal handbag… has never been about necessity. It is the stuff of dreams, desire and deliverance from the banal”.
Coco Chanel said on handbags, “It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure”.

Annette Hilbrecht

Annette Hilbrecht Stone Handbags
Annette Hilbrecht Stone Handbags

Annette Hilbrecht Stone Handbag
Stone Handbag
Annette Hilbrecht Stone Handbag
Stone Handbag

Last year, after a series of unrelated everyday decisions, I arrived at an exhibition called ” Art meets Media” by Angela Dikeoulia in the premisses of a Greek newspaper, Veto. The place was transformed into an art gallery with paintings and sculptures of mainly, German artists. I was impressed by the stone handbags of Annette Hilbrecht, a German sculptress who lives in Mani, Greece but continues to exhibit in several European countries.

Have a lovely day!!!

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