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Carried Away: Bags Unpacked

Carried Away: Bags Unpacked
 

The bag, and the handbag in particular, has achieved high fashion status but what's the cultural and historical significance behind the bag? Why do we use them and not just have pockets? Why don't men routinely use them? Does every culture have a tradition of using bags? The Auck... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781988547183
Barcode 9781988547183
Published 3 June 2019 by Allen & Unwin
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Museum, Auckland
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ISBN-13 9781988547183
ISBN-10 1988547180
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Imprint Allen & Unwin
Publication Date 3 June 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Museum, Auckland
Category Fashion Design
Social Issues
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 208mm
Weight 450g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Design & Commercial Art
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 391.44
Catalogue Code 980521

Description of this Book

The bag, and the handbag in particular, has achieved high fashion status but what's the cultural and historical significance behind the bag? Why do we use them and not just have pockets? Why don't men routinely use them? Does every culture have a tradition of using bags? The Auckland Museum exhibition Carried Away: Bags Unpacked is a collection of 150 bags from their Applied Arts and Design collection, a nationally significant research archive of key makers and designers from New Zealand and abroad, and this book serves as both a photographic record and an exploration of the symbolism and power behind bags. Grace Lai, Curator of the collection, unpacks issues carried by the bag - of colonialism, the economy, consumption, gender politics, and whakapapa. Issues that remain relevant to not only museums and their collections but to society today.

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Author's Bio

Guided by a curiosity for the stories told by objects that are overlooked or dismissed, Grace Lai is interested in seeking out the web of connections between material and immaterial culture. This philosophy was developed during her time as an Alphawood Scholar at SOAS University of London. Today, Grace is an art historian and curator at Auckland Museum, where she leads the exhibition, curation and development of the Applied Arts and Design collection, a nationally significant research archive of key makers and designers from New Zealand and abroad. Currently, her research is focused on expanding the collection and on the discourse of contemporary New Zealand practitioners - which has seen her get carried away by bags.

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