The antique beaded bag is a most exquisite and sought-after vintage collectible. Over 600 detailed color photographs display hundreds of mostly European (French, Italian, Austrian, and Czechoslovakian) handbags, many never before published, including Miser, American Indian, embroidered, drawstring, framed, scenic, Bohemian, and cut steel, with information on care, history, and design techniques, and close-up photographs of the intricate beadwork. Detailed captions, a current value guide, a comprehensive bibliography, and an index guarantee this to be the ultimate collector's guide to vintage handbag fashion design.
The authors collaborated on the companion volume, Beads in Fashion: 1900-2000**. All three work at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio--Lorita is an adjunct professor who teaches courses on beadwork and its history; Leslie heads the Historic Preservation program; and Constance heads the Fashion Department. Leslie has written over forty other books on the decorative arts and fashion, six of which were co-authored with Constance.