October 2002

Judith Leiber: The Artful Handbag

Harry N. Abrams, Incorporated

  • 10015 West 18th Street
  • New York , NY


A Designer With a Flair for Creative Elegance...

abc Judith Leiber: The Artful Handbag xyz is a fabulous book with 192 full-color photographs that tells the story of Judith Leiber, one of the worlds most famous handbag designers. Best-known for her timeless elegance and extraordinary creativity, Ms. Leibers main focus is on her beaded, embroidered and lock-decorated evening bags. However, many will be surprised to learn that her designs also include elegant day bags as well as an exclusive collection of minaudieres (small metal evening bags decorated with jewels). Readers of this book can further admire an extensive array of vegetable, seashell, animal, egg and rose-shaped handbags.

abc The Artful Handbag xyz also gives an historical overview of when and why handbags were first designed. Interestingly, men were the first ones to use handbags in the sixteenth century. Over the years, women began to use handbags fueled by necessity as well as a sense of fashion. The variety of handbag designs available today is almost unimaginable.

Ms. Leiber received the Coty Fashion Award in 1973 and the Council of Fashion Designers Award (CFDA) for accessories in 1994. Her extraordinary creativity has captivated thousands of fans, celebrities and socialites among them. Leiber’s contribution to the prominence of American fashion accessories is well-chronicled within the pages of this beautiful book.

Reviewer: Rosario Benavides., FIDM Library Staff Member