The vanity case | Museum of Bags Amsterdam

The vanity case

Plastic vanity case with rhinestones and tassel, possibly British, ca. 1925
Hidden lipstick

At the beginning of the 20th century, the use of cosmetics by women expanded rapidly.

It also became more common to apply makeup outside the home. Cosmetic companies and jewellers responded cleverly with the production of so-called vanity cases. These small sturdy evening bags contained a mirror and compartments intended for powder and rouge. The tassel at the bottom often concealed a lipstick. Vanity cases were sold empty so women could choose their favourite products and colours. The fact that the compartments of this evening bag are empty,  suggests that this green plastic vanity case decorated with rhinestones was most likely never used.


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