Plastic Covered Handbag with Flower Detail. 1960s. Maker: Claire Fashions. Textured ecru-colored fabric purse with intricate needlepoint floral detailing—rose and pansies, I believe—accented with gold glitter glue and iridescent sequins. If you look closely, you can also see a faux amber gem in the bow that “ties” the flower, as well as a smattering of tiny fabric flowers inside the bow and at the upper right and bottom left corners. It has little gold feet, a vinyl strap and greenish-gold lining.
The pièce de résistance is the plastic covering, presumably put there to keep it from getting dirty. I’m not sure whose idea it was to hermetically seal this style of handbag, but I can’t get enough of them.
Literally. I can’t get enough. More to follow.