Night creatures: the evening bag

Evening purses are generally made of fine materials such as shiny silk and brocade. They can be spangled or decorated with embroidery, beads or colorfully sparkling gemstones. For a glittering effect, real or imitation diamonds are used.

In the 1930s the jewelry firm of Van Cleef & Arpels introduced the minaudière. Charles Arpels invented this small accessory as a substitute for the evening purse. It consists of a hard, often metal plated case with several compartments for lipstick, keys, cigarets and reading glasses.