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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    H Wald & Co. (maker)
    Rayne (made for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin, decorated with satin covered bow

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs John Guinness

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

After 1945, many of the technological developments of the war effort were redirected to industry, and fashion, as a vital economic force, benefitted. Fashions become more accessible to an increasingly affluent society and the importance of accessorising and colour co-ordinating was demonstrated by the number of publications and magazine features on the subject. Companies and shops began to specialise in selling handbags and matching ensemble to accessories was very fashionable. Companies such as Rayne provided a special dyeing service, commissioning many handbags from H. Wald & Co. This handbag was dyed to match a Norman Hartnell evening ensemble.

Physical description

Purple Duchess satin handbag with a flap and self-covered bow.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1970 (made)


H Wald & Co. (maker)
Rayne (made for)

Materials and Techniques

Satin, decorated with satin covered bow

Object history note

Made to accompany a purple evening ensemble by Norman Hartnell

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

de la Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. V&A Publications, London, England, 1997, pp. 154 and 155.




Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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