And now Dear Readers, my promised follow-up to previous story on The Handbag Museum of Seoul.
Impressive from the start, this purpose built 10 story building (which cleverly resembles a handbag in shape itself), houses the worlds largest public display of bags, purses, clutches... you name it, they have it ), I say largest public display Dear Reader, since they obviously haven't looked inside my wardrobe lately)!
Showcasing over 300 items, which date back to 1500 and chart the development of the form (for it must be close to high art) right up to Alexander McQueen examples of recent seasons.
Masterminded by high class handbag producer Simone and overseen by fashion maven Judith Clark, this permanent museum extravaganza chooses to display these sartorial treasures set off against bodyforms produced by my old chums at proportion london.
Of her use of these bust forms Ms. Clark comments "with their pale calico covering and abstracted calico heads (they) have become to me something of a blank canvas. They are busts which do not have features that place them in a particular time and space. They have no chiseled cheekbones or the drawn-in hairlines of contemporary retail mannequins. These mannequins are designed as though a conservator had plucked their standard bust out of the archive and started to work on it, creating a context for each particular bag"
As if the creation of the museum where not enough Dear Reader, Judith Clark has also written an accompanying book entitled Handbags: 'The Making of a Museum', in which she charts the process and photographs many of the treasures in mouthwatering detail. Not since my days as a coat check girl have i had the opportunity to peek inside so many well groomed reticules to behold lining and hidden pockets galore!
Shown below, in lavish detail are some of the plates from the book - which is obviously a must have for all fashionista and pocketbook pervs! Click here for more details about the book
Above right image - French, c1996 Bum bag, Viviennne Westwood for Louis Vuitton.
Alongside this amazing collection of hand luggage, an insight is afforded the visitor into handbag production itself (perhaps a reflection of the passion that led to the commission of the newly built museum building by SIMONE: a luxury handbag production company) with many tools of the trade displayed and craft techniques explained.
Images and background information courtesy of Simone Handbag Museum.