The Purse & The Person: A Century of Women's Purses brings together life stories as told through our handbags. This exhibition looks at purses from the inside out, examining day-to-day life reflected in a very personal, very female artifact—a woman's handbag. Eight exhibition vignettes examine iconic women of the 20th century, from the Edwardian matron to the Superwoman of recent decades. Glimpse into the lives of Edwardian matrons, flappers, wartime Rosie the Riveters, suburban housewives, hippies, businesswomen and more. The women of the 20th century reveal their personalities, their fashion sense, and their day-to-day concerns brought out in the mysterious depths of their purses.
What exactly was in your great-grandmothers handbag? You might be surprised. The exhibit runs through Monday, February 14th. For more information call 206-324-1126.