Americana Luxury Handbags: Mod Explosion

Americana Luxury Handbags: Mod Explosion


Contact Information:
Kayla Norman
The Art Institute of Seattle   •   (206) 448 – 6600

AIS Fashion Installation curated by Victoria Stowe Collection

SEATTLE, WA (SEPTEMBER 1, 2017) – The Art Institute of Seattle’s Fashion Marketing students enrolled in the 3D Visual Merchandising class by Yuliya Suleymanova, are proud to present the Americana Luxury Handbags: MOD Explosion fashion installation curated by the Victoria Stowe Collection. It will be open to the public for one night only, on September 22nd. Get decked out in your finest mod threads and let’s have a blast!

The 1960’s MOD style inspired installation, located at the Gallery of the Art Institute of Seattle, was created to promote American heritage brands, their history, and influence on global fashion trends. With over 30 vintage luxury handbags being showcased alongside with MOD inspired looks and period Vogue fashion ads, as well as a special presentation and book signing by Victoria Stowe, you won’t want to miss this noteworthy event.

“Needless to say, when it comes to a fashion necessity, a classic vintage luxury handbag has always been a statement and a conversation piece — truly the most unorthodox addition to any sophisticated wardrobe.”
— Victoria Stowe

Who is Victoria Stowe? She is a published fashion historian and leading expert in the history of American legacy brands specializing in luxury handbags. She has devoted almost two decades to researching their 100-year history and assembling the only known comprehensive archive of Americana Luxury Handbags available for viewing online at The collection is also featured in her illustrated fashion encyclopedia, “Exotic Skin Handbags: Alligator and Crocodile” Schiffer Publishing 2010, available on, and in stores and libraries worldwide.

Come experience the intersection between Fashion and History with us! The event is free with RSVP.

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About The Art Institute of Seattle
The Art Institute of Seattle, WA, a part of The Art Institutes system of more than 50 educational institutions located in North America, is providing hands-on training in design, media arts, fashion and culinary by helping start careers in industries of global influences, trends, and markets. For more information, visit

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