Beauty ready-to-wear

Equipages, chatelaines, necessaires or beauty cases, finger or ball purses. Minaudières©, boudoir purses or vanity cases. Used as fashion accessories or beauty items, they have always been very popular with women, both for their aesthetic qualities and their practicality. Multifunctional and highly ingenious, they soon become indispensable accessories.

In the West, the use of equipages or chatelaines goes back to the Renaissance. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, necessaires became all the rage and in the nineteenth century chatelaines came back in fashion followed in the twentieth century by finger and ball purses. Around 1905, handbags often contained a mirror and a special compartment for powder and a puff. But it was with the emancipation of women and the more widespread use of cosmetics after WWI, that multifunctional beauty objects became a must. The famous minaudière© by Van Cleef & Arpels, was created in the early 1930s and became a source of inspiration for a number of jewelers and hand bag accessory designers. In the 1950s, vanity cases from US fashion brands such as Evans, Briggs, Mondaine and Elgin American, became extremely popular on the other side of the Atlantic and soon became a fashion in Europe.

For this exhibition, created by le Musée à la Carte®, the Camilli and Martin-Hattemberg collections have been enriched with new beauty objects. They will be on display for the first time at the MakeUpin Paris trade show on June 21 and 22, 2018. along with photographs that show the details of the level of sophistication and ingenuity of their design. A real source of inspiration for both exhibitors and visitors to the show!

Anne Camilli

Exhibition Commissioner