Title: Judith Leiber: The Artful Handbag
Publisher: New York: Harry N Abrams Inc, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1995
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
4to hardcover in black cloth boards with titles in gilt on front & spine. Pictorial DJ. Third printing. Fine in a Near Fine DJ/: Rear panel of DJ slightly smudged from routine handling; text itself clean, bright & unmarked. Inscribed (but not *to* anyone) by Leiber in ink on bright red fep. Foreward by Dorothy Twining Globus; Essay by Enid Nemy. 160pp. The absolutely remarkable artistry of Judith Leiber who has taken the handbag into the realm of wearable sculpture. Featured here in vivid color are Leiber's bags in the shapes of vegetables, fruit, cats, dogs, birds, turtles, fish, egss, tiny suitcases, books, folding fans, boxes and more. Her evening bags are elegant and extravegant; her day bags sophisticated, and her minaudieres (tiny jewel encrusted evening sachets) simply brilliant. Photographed brilliantly as well by John Bigelow Taylor. A lovely copy of a book featuring works that are highly collectible and prized and in permanent collections at the Smithsonian and The Metropolitan Musuem of Art. #12008hbr. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1236824762
Synopsis: Renowned as the worlds foremost contemporary designer of fine handbags, Judith Leiber brings together the realms of art and fashion in her astonishing creations. Coveted by many, collected by celebrities and socialites, affordable by only a few, Judith Leiber bags are a wearable art form, appearing in the permanent collections of some of America" trop museums and galleries.
The first book on the creations of this talented designer, "Judith Leiber: The Artful Handbag" tells the personal story of the "Bag Lady from Budapest'. In a lively, anecdotal text, Enid Nemy, features writer for the "New York Times, " traces Leiber's life from her roots in Pre-World War II Hungary, where she was the first woman accepted into the Handbag Guild, to her arrival in the United States and the eventual opening of her own business in 1963. Some 192 full colour photographs, taken especially for this book, reveal the very best of her designs in all their exquisite detail.
From Library Journal:
Winner of the Coty Fashion Award in 1973 and the Council of Fashion Designers Award for Accessories in 1994, Judith Leiber designs day and evening bags coveted and owned by socialites, celebrities, and First Ladies. Published in conjunction with an exhibit at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, New York Times writer Nemy's book provides a cursory view of Leiber's life, the manufacturing of her designs, and anecdotes about the owners of her purses. The book contains close to 200 photographs of her exquisite handbags, from leather day bags to rhinestone-encrusted, molded-metal minaudieres, small handbags that fit in the palm of the hand and are produced in such whimsical shapes as tomatoes, teddy bears, and eggs. Recommended where there is an interest.
Gayle A. Williamson, Fashion Inst. of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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