Wednesday, June 8, 2011
+Since we're on the subject of clutches...
Sophisticated ladies have been carrying clutch purses on their elegant evenings out for decades. Sequined, beaded or leather, boxy or soft, they are the perfect evening accessory--besides your date, of course! The clutch purse originated during the Victorian era...the reticule, a drawstring handbag or purse. They were small enough to store a lady's handkerchief and smelling salt. I guess they fainted quite often back then wearing those corsets. The reticule-style went out of fashion. Then the clutch came back in fashion post WWI. The roaring 20s. The Jazz Age. Art Deco. "Années folles" ("Crazy Years"). Modern technologies. Economic growth. The time where all traditions were broken. Decadence pursue. And the clutch made a comeback...still small but made of the finest materials. Sequined/beaded, fringed, satin, brocade, silk. Some were made to match the dresses or shoes. They were small enough to carry...well, not much. But back then, I believe the gentlemen paid for everything. If you want to take a look back to the 20s, go see the movie "Midnight in Paris" written and directed by Woody Allen starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard and so many more... I'm not going to tell you what the movie is about because YOU SHOULD SEE IT and not read about it. It was hilarious. As usual, brilliant work, Mr. Allen. The 20s fashion is to die for. I love everything the character "Adriana", played by Marion Cotillard, wore. She had the best outfits. I have to figure out how to make that white dress. So adorable. This fringed dress must have weighed a lot. I know how heavy fringes can get. You'll need strong shoulders. Just lovely. I am inspired.