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Bags: Inside Out is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check the venue's website for the latest details.

Bags: Inside Out explore the style, function, design and craftsmanship of bags from around the world, from the 16th century to today.

This exhibition showcases over 300 objects used by both men and women, varying in scale from tiny purses designed to be carried on a finger to sizable trunks made to protect the contents of travellers’ voluminous wardrobes. It explores how throughout history these desirable and ubiquitous accessories have inhabited a very special space, both private and public, highlighting the nature of the bag as an object for both display and concealment, adornment and utility.

The exhibition deconstructs bags to explore the often complex and skilled processes necessary to make these everyday items, which can become highly covetable and valuable objects. From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, Bags: Inside Out explores the history of the ultimate accessory.


V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Cromwell Road, London, Greater London, SW7 2RL

020 7942 2000


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