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Created by:
Lillian Head, American, 1921 - 2010  Search this
Subject of:
Black Fashion Museum, American, 1979 - 2007  Search this
leather, plastic, velvet and metal
H x W x D: 10 1/4 × 7 × 6 1/2 in. (26 × 17.8 × 16.5 cm)
Circumference: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
L (With cords fully extended): 21 1/4 in. (54 cm)
Place made:
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
1967 - 1968
A leather and plastic handbag designed to resemble the elevators in the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. The handbag is cylindrical, with tapered ends. The main body of the handbag is clear, made from one piece of plastic that is stapled at its seam and secured into place by being stitched and glued to eight (8) reddish-brown leather straps extending the full length of the handbag, from the base to the top opening. The top and bottom portions of the handbag are constructed from reddish-brown leather overlaid onto a form. At the top of the handbag, all eight (8) leather straps taper upwards to form a cinch closure that can be pulled shut by tightening two cords that are looped through the leather straps and knotted together on the ends. The cords are made from a brown synthetic fiber and capped with metal end caps. When fully tightened, the cords extend from the leather straps by approximately 9 inches, which can be grasped to carry the handbag. Underneath the leather straps and cords is the opening into the central body of the handbag. The opening is covered by a hinged flap that is glued to one side of the opening and can be secured on the other side with a snap. At the bottom of the handbag, all eight (8) leather straps continue extending downwards to be concealed under a circular band of leather stitched and glued to the base. This small circular base creates a foot on which the handbag can be rested. All of the interior leather portions of the handbag are lined with a deep red velvet, covering the interior base and the verso of the flap that covers the opening.
African American  Search this
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Clothing and dress  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Black Fashion Museum founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane
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No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title:
Black Fashion Museum Collection
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National Museum of African American History and Culture