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  • Place of origin:

    Scotland (made)

  • Date:

    1979 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clyne, Chris (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Appliquéd satin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In 1970 US Vogue noted 'It's all in the bag ... combinations of fur and reversed calf; leather and webbing; a patchwork of lizard in scarlet, orange, Irish green, taupe; camera cases; cartridge cases; mail pouches. Bags strapped right under the arm; long-strap bags slapping the thigh; Moroccan studding and embroidery; harness brass on fake python, sleek as Rotten Row'. A growing informality in dress and a tendency towards layering and mixing different weights and fabrics allowed the handbag, once so formal, to relax into a functional receptacle that was to be used for all occasions, to become battered and familiar. This red satin drawstring bag with clown applique forms part of a 'Harlequin' outfit.

Physical description

Red satin drawstring bag with clown applique

Place of Origin

Scotland (made)


1979 (made)


Clyne, Chris (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Appliquéd satin


Height: 42 cm including tassel, not including drawstring, Width: 21 cm

Object history note

The complete ensemble was donated in 1979 with a customised Adel Rootstein mannequin specially made for the purpose of modelling it. This was part of a group of 25 such total ensembles donated in 1979.





Subjects depicted

Clown; Harlequin; Commedia dell'arte


Accessories; Scotland


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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