It wasn’t until the end of the 1940s that plastic began to be seen as a fashionable material in its own right. The American DuPont company first created Lucite- a hard plastic- in 1931, which was used for a wide range of objects from furniture to handbags. Lucite bags were box-shaped, brightly-coloured, and decorated with crystals, beads, pearls, embroidery, and metal. They were a popular evening accessory, and worn by some of the greatest stars of the 1950s, including Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.
On permanent display in the Museum of Bags.