Historic Bethlehem Museum & Sites Presents “Out & About” by Collector, Ilene Rosenthal Hochberg Wood.
Automotive innovation and fashion design have long drawn influence from each other. This relationship is particularly evident in purse design. Whether it is a carpet bag carefully packed to accompany a traveler on a long coach ride, a delicate bejeweled clutch held by a limousine passenger, or a practical, everyday purse containing a wallet and to-do list slung across the passenger seat of a family car, it is easy to imagine where bags reside within the car interior and our daily transit.
In this display, you can see a variety of handbags inspired by the automotive industry. Some examples feature cars as subject matter, while others are “travel bags” design to accommodate the needs of the mobile fashionista. In addition, many bags in this display use materials typically found in cars such as metals, lucite, wood, and vinyl. The designs even mimic shapes found in auto details, such as headlights, tires, tailpipes, and vents.
Come discover a beautiful setting of cars and purses and take a journey through the ages of their design and fashion.