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A latticed silk and paste evening bag, Judith Lieber, 1980s, USA

$669.21

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A very smart and elegant evening bag from Judith Leiber in the 1980s, made of 'woven/plaited' or 'latticed' bands of coffee coloured/soft bronze silk, set off against dark topaz rhinestones edging the gilt metal and silk sprung clasp/closure. It is able to be worn as a clutch, or as an over the shoulder bag, by the addition/removal of a fine plaited gilt chain, that is very easily detachable. It also comes with its original change purse, an oval mirror, a 'care' message from the designer, and its original price ticket.

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  • Dimensions
    Height: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)Width: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)Depth: 1.4 in. (3.56 cm)Diameter: 10 in. (25.4 cm)Length: 9.25 in. (23.5 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. There is some slight wear on the outer bottom corners of the handbag, which are scarcely noticeable, but are shown in the accompanying photos.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: FB07621stDibs: LU309210520572

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    to United States 0, arrives in 8-10 days.
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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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About the Manufacturer

Judith Leiber

When it comes to handbags, no designer can compete with Judith Leiber’s (1921–2018) ability to create magic using opulent crystals and wildly imaginative and playful shapes. The Hungarian-born designer made minaudières (small, decorative handbags, often without handles or a strap) in the form of crystal-covered swans, cupcakes, lipstick, wads of cash, teddy bears and other delightful objects. These dazzling objets d’art have been regularly seen in the hands of First Ladies, movie stars on the red carpet and even in the prestigious collections of institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Like many pathbreaking inventions in the history of design, Leiber’s minaudières were the result of a happy accident. In 1967, she began working on her first metal handbag. The piece in question was named the Chatelaine, and the design was a graceful drop-shaped purse in gold-tinted metal. But when the samples came in, Leiber saw that the bottom of the bag looked greenish and discolored as a result of the plating process. She had the ingenious idea of applying crystal rhinestones to the base to cover up the flaws. The dazzling bag was a huge success and would become her trademark.Born Judith Peto in Budapest, Leiber overcame many hardships before her breakthrough. At the start of World War II, she was working at the Pessl handbag company in Budapest where she quickly climbed the ranks to become a master craftswoman. When the war escalated, she and her Jewish family were forced by the Nazis to live in a cellar of a ghetto, and several of her relatives were killed in concentration camps. “I designed handbags in my head to get through the misery,” she said. After the liberation of Budapest, she married Gerson “Gus” Leiber, an American GI, and moved to New York. In 1948, she began working for the fashion house Nettie Rosenstein. One of her first major pieces was the handbag embroidered with glittering rhinestones and pearls carried by Mamie Eisenhower at the 1953 inaugural ball. In 1963, she finally set up her own company.Leiber’s whimsical designs embellished with Swarovski crystals and semiprecious stones defied traditional notions of luxury handbags. She also created striking clutches and bags with leather and fine textiles from around the world. In her 65-year career, she designed over 3,500 bags, which have been worn by First Ladies including Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush, pop icons like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez and celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner (who collects Leiber’s handbags). In 2005, the Leiber Collection Museum opened in East Hampton, New York, as a permanent space to showcase her work. The minaudières remain coveted objects celebrated worldwide for their eclectic beauty and glamorous charm.The value of a good handbag cannot be overstated — find a collection of vintage Judith Leiber handbags and other fashion accessories today on 1stDibs.
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