Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam

Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam
Opening hours: 3.50-12.50 EUR
Tickets: Open every day! Monday-Sunday 10:00-17:00
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About the founders
During a visit to England one antique bag took the heart and constant attention of Hendrikje and Heinz Ivo. Throughout the years they collected 5000 bags and first had
an exhibition at their home in Amstelveen in 1996. The collection moved to its current place, a house that is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2007. Their daughter, Sigrid Ivo is the director of the museum and the museum is often mentioned as one of the best fashion related ones on Earth.

The collection
The exhibition starts with the oldest bags from the 5th century and by explaining the methods how bags were made and used in the past centuries. Did you know people started making bags back then because their clothes didn’t have any pockets? It moves through time, materials and fashion as well until we reach our current days.
Let me just mention of couple of names from the haute couture collection: Chanel, Dolce&Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Judith Leiber, DKNY, Gucci, Hermés, Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton.
It also contains bags that used to belong to celebrities: the bag Madonna wore to Evita’s premiere, Sophia Loren’s, Julia Robert’s and Lady Gaga’s bag, Salvador Dalí’s wife, Gala Dalí’s bag, Hillary Clinton’s, Margaret Thatcher’s and some of royal families.

The museum shop 
If you take a look at Tripadvisor and other sources you will find that this museum shop has been named the best one in Amsterdam. But why is it so special compared to the one in the Van Gogh Museum for example? Because it is impossible not to find the perfect bag there for yourself. This September the newest collection of Valentino was also on sale. Hard to be strong when so much useful (!!) beauty is surrounding you…
Anyway, you can also take a look back at the bags by buying a book containing stories and photos of the whole collection.

During the visit you can design a handbag for yourself. Here is the one I made while feeling very creative and empowered standing next to a red Chanel bag. Am I a born designer or what?!

My bag

 

 

Vogue

‘When I first moved to New York I bought Vogue instead of dinner. It just felt it fed me more.’ /Carrie Bradshaw – Sex and the City/

The fashion industry’s monthly Bible has to be Vogue magazine. The magazine contains articles mostly about fashion (more specifically haute couture), beauty and lifestyle. It was already founded in 1892 in the USA by an American businessman, Arthur Baldwin Turner and was published first as a weekly newspaper. In 1905 the magazine was bought by Condé Nast.

Vogue has spread from the USA and today it is published in the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Turkey, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, India, Thailand and Arabia.

From 1988 the editor in chief for Vogue is Anna Wintour. She was born in 1949 in London. Her career started at Harper’s Bazaar and then in she changed to British Vogue in 1986. She wears her signature look, the bob haircut since she was 15 years old and she is rare to be seen without sunglasses.
Time Magazine claims ‘Runway shows don’t start until she arrives. Designers succeed because she anoints them. Trend are created or crippled on her command.’ Today she is the most influential woman in the fashion industry and is the curator of the Metropolitan Museum of New York so she organizes the MET Gala every year. The First Monday in May documentaey captures how the event is organized.
She supported and raised today’s famous John Galliano and Michael Kors. She declared the magazine’s main goal: ‘Vogue is the best of evrything that fashion can offer and I think we point the way. We are, you know, a glamourous girlfriend.’

Fun facts about Vogue:
Mexican Vogue featured a portrait of Frida Kahlo on the cover in 1937.
Vogue’s photographers include Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino and Helmut Newton.
The first celebrity cover featured Madonna in 1989.
Kate Moss has the most (over 60) Vogue covers.
There is only 8 American Vogue covers that feature a man including George Clooney, Ben Stiller and Richard Gere.
Salvador Dalí made illustrations for Vogue covers in 1939 and 1944.
The September issue is the most important one in each year because it influences the whole season. The September Issue documentary shows how much it takes to make such an influential magazine.

Anna Wintour’s former assistant, Lauren Weisberger wrote the famous The Devil wears Prada novel. People often compare Anna Wintour to Meryl Streep’s character in the movie. She attended the premier and wore Prada.
Today there are special editions of Vogue such as Teen Vogue and Men’s Vogue.
Fashion designer, Vera Wang started as an assistant at Vogue.
Alexander Wang and Joan Didion also used to work for Vogue.
The largest edition of Vogue weighs 4.5 pounds and has 916 pages in September 2012.
42% of online Vouge’s readers are men.
71K issues of Vogue are sold in half a year only in the UK.

Official website

My fashion dreams

When I go shopping or pack for a vacation I always make lists not to forget anything. And sometimes I make lists of things that I truly wish for. Just like other fashion enthusiasts I have fabulous things in my imaginary closet. But what are the most desired things I want to own or do that are related to fashion?

First of course I once would love to go to the Fashion Week in Paris.

I would love to wear an haute couture dress such as this one from Dior…:

… and wear the perfect Manolo Blahnik’s to the dress:

There is never enough of shoes, bags and accessories, so I would have a pair of shoes from Hungarian designer, Reka Vago:

I would love to have quality luggage from Louis Vuitton:

I would love to have a classic Burberry scarf…:

… a Birkin Bag from Hermés…:

… a tweed jacket from Chanel…:

… and the perfect black dress from Givenchy:

This list may seem to much or just a cliché, but I think there shouldn’t be excuses for what we wish to wear, because it expresses who we really are.