Showcasing over two hundred 19th and 20th century European vanities from the Museum’s permanent collection, the works in this exhibition are underscored by their historical and social context. Each piece takes visitors on a journey through history – from the relaxation of Victorian morals that allowed upper class women to start putting on make-up and socialising outside of the home; the rising influences of Fabergé and the Ballet Russes with their Russian motifs in the early 20th century; to the advent of the First World War and the subsequent emancipation of women.
A History of Evening Bags enthrals, educates and surprises. This glittering display of diamonds, gold, emeralds and rubies offers a glimpse into the ornate world of the evolving 20th century woman of the past century. Star pieces include haute vanities commissioned from the houses of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron among others.
Tue – Sat 10am – 6pm