No other name is more synonymous with the minaudière than Judith Leiber. Known for her artful, elegant and often whimsical handbag designs, her crystal encrusted minaudières have become icons in the world of fashion and design. Lesser known to the public is the collection of Chinese art acquired by Judith and Gerson Leiber over the course of their lifetime. Through form, theme or motif, it is striking to observe the influence of Chinese art on Judith Leiber’s designs, ranging from distinctively East Asian subjects like the Buddhist lion or ‘lucky cat’ to more subtle references such as Chinese famille-rose patterns. Click ahead to discover the impact that Chinese art has had on the legendary handbag designer.
Inspired: Chinese Art from the Collection of Gerson and Judith Leiber
20 March New York
Image: Judith Leiber with Handbags, 1994. © Gordon Munro /The Leiber Collection