The exhibit showcases midcentury plastic handbags and accessories from owner Anita
Davis’s private collection. Much of the exhibit focuses on Bakelite and Lucite handbags
from the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. Supplemental text offers guests a brief history of the
conception of and popularity of plastic purses.
The Power of Plastics: Reshaping Midcentury Fashion pairs perfectly with the
museum’s permanent exhibit, What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags,
1900-1990, which tells the story of the 20th Century American woman through the lens
of the purse and its contents.