I have a special treat today. Recently, I visited a museum and the special collection showing were Costumes from Downton Abbey. You may remember I was a huge Downton Abbey fan and even mourned when the last episode aired. LOL.
So I thought I'd share this handbag:
This is a handbag carried by Martha Levinson, Lady Grantham's mother from New York City, portrayed by Shirley MacLaine. The bag is constructed of black and the clasp is of carved bone.
Here is the complete ensemble:
All Downton devotees remember that Martha was rather flamboyant and it shows in her fashion. The coat fabric is gold and black floral silk, reminiscent
of an Oriental pattern. And it is trimmed in a large fur collar and cuffs. Martha wore a hat embroidered and trimmed with pheasant feathers, however, the hat wasn't shown in the display I saw.
As you know, I'm a handbag gal and I love this one. It isn't quite large enough for my stuff.
I was overwhelmed by this exhibit and shall be sharing my photos with you over the next few weeks.
Would I write a book and not feature handbags? Heck, no! Here
is Temporarily Employed, a romantic comedy mystery, featuring
a handbag-carrying heroine. Find your copy at: