Tuesday, 1 March 2011

VCA, Set in Style-Fashion: The Minaudiére

In 1930 Charles Arpels was one night having dinner with some friends when suddenly Florence Jay Gould took out a large white tin box where she had her lipstick. He was so surprised to discover that such a fashionable woman had not found a more suitable accessory that he decided to create a piece of jewellery to accommodate everything that was needed for a night out: lipstick, compact, cigarettes, handkerchiefs etc... The Minaudiére was the modern version of the nécessaire, a smaller bejewelled box that could only hold lipstick and compact and which dates back to eighteen century when women used it to carry small scissors, needles, dance card and travelling cuttlery.

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