This Roberta di Camerino top handle handbag is composed of a pinkish red flocked floral tapestry structured triangular body with matching thin strap, and a hand painted pink and green floral porcelain closure snap. Gold tone hardware. Handbag has leather interior with pocket, and was made solely for Neiman Marcus. An absolute jewel of a bag!
Giuliana Camerino (née Coen) was born to a Jewish family in Venice. In 1943, as World War ii raged on, the Camerinos fled to Switzerland where Giuliana began designing handbags for local leather goods stores. Camerino founded the house “Roberta di Camerino” in 1945. The business was named after the 1935 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film “Roberta”; The song “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” was the last tune Camerino listened to before escaping to Switzerland.
Roberta di Camerino handbags quickly became known for their innovative use of patterned and colored fabric, two materials that had never been used in handbags. Camerino continued to develop new and interesting designs that would go on to inspire others, including using an “R”-trellis pattern in 1946 that predated Gucci’s iconic “G” pattern handbags and accessories, a the woven leather handbag in 1957 that anticipated the Bottega Veneta woven look, and a hinged handbag that Prada later went on to imitate. Camerino helped develop the post-WW2 venetian economy, employing venetian craftsmen to create many materials, including the brass hardware she used in her striking, cut-velvet bags, and to weave fabric using local antique looms. Camerino branched out into apparel; much of her clothing had distinctive optical illusion tromp l’oeil prints, pleats, buckles, and ruffles.
Camerino’s pieces were favored as a status symbol among the jet set crowd as well as celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Farrah Fawcett. Her innovative designs in playful and exciting fabrics earned Camerino several accolades. Camerino won a Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in 1956, acknowledging the widespread influence of her designs on the entire handbag market, her work was also exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1980, and as well as the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum in 1999.
Elegant 1920s Whiting and Davis evening purse! This gorgeous enamel mesh purse features a pressed art deco sunburst clasp painted in alternating black and blue enamel. The mesh body of the purse has a vertical geometric blue, green, and black design, with horizontal scalloped detail and painted fringe that cleverly imitates the shape of older mesh bags from the turn of the century. The purse has a figure eight infinity chain, and sharp scalloped bottom that dangles freely.
Whiting & Davis was established as Wade, Davis and Co. in 1876. In 1892 Whiting and Davis created their first mesh handbag, and in 1912, after automating the mesh weaving process, Whiting & Davis expanded considerably, overshadowing their competitors with a wide variety of mesh woven handbags and accessories. Whiting & Davis has been a stalwart presence throughout the 20th century, partnering with couturier Paul Poiret in the 1920s, collaborating with designer Elsa Schiaparelli in the 1930s, and joining the war effort in the 1940s.
Whiting & Davis spearheaded the flashy cocktail jewelry trend of the 1950s, created jewelry for Elizabeth Taylor in her leading role in 1963’s Cleopatra, and were also tremendously popular with the 1970s disco crowd because of the slinky, sensual quality of their mesh. Michael Jackson’s 1983 “Beat It” jacket featured Whiting and Davis mesh on the shoulders; finally, in the 1990s, Whiting & Davis worked alongside numerous designers including Marc Jacobs and Anthony Ferrara.
Whiting and Davis fan’s of note include Mamie Eisenhower, Rebecca Romijn, and Lady Gaga.
Oh also, they make chain mail shark suits - amazing!
Gorgeous 1920s Whiting & Davis mesh bag. This bag features a bright and vivid silk screen painted floral design in soft hues on both sides of the bag. The design features leaves and seven flowers -roses and daises- in blue, pink, violet, and cream. The body of the purse ends in violet, green, yellow, orange, blue, and cobalt rainbow colored zigzag cut. The gold-tone clasp features an art deco design centered around a circle, with seven columns on each side, and six waves surrounding the columns. The bar chain strap is gold-tone. The purse is fully lined in satin silk and has an interior pocket.
Length: 6, Width: 1/4, Depth: 7 1/2, Drop: 3 1/2 inches
*All MRS Couture garments and accessories have been professionally cleaned and thoroughly checked before shipping. They are ready to wear upon arrival.
This flapper era hand bag was designed by Whiting & Davis in the last years of 1920s. Made of flat armor mesh and beautifully screen printed in dreamy impressionistic shades highlighted at it frame in bold Deco design. Enamel hot pink and green art deco detail on the frame scream "1930s here I come!" Own a piece of classic America history.
Length: 5 3/4, Width: 1/4, Depth: 5 1/2, Drop: 6 inches
*All MRS Couture garments and accessories have been professionally cleaned and thoroughly checked before shipping, so that they are ready to wear upon arrival.