The Fendi Baguette that Sex and the City protagonist Carrie Bradshaw carried throughout the show’s third series. Whether designed by Chanel, Hermes or Dior, the handbag is a fashion icon that has been linked to some of the world’s most prominent women. Photo: Getty Images
The Fendi Baguette that Sex and the City protagonist Carrie Bradshaw carried throughout the show’s third series. Whether designed by Chanel, Hermes or Dior, the handbag is a fashion icon that has been linked to some of the world’s most prominent women. Photo: Getty Images
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Hermès Birkin. Lady Dior. Chanel 2.55. Fendi Baguette. Handbags and how they became a fashion icon, carried by celebrities from Princess Diana to Sarah Jessica Parker

  • Handbags were used by men in medieval times to carry coins, but were later co-opted by women and came to dominate fashion in the 20th century
  • From royalty to pop culture icons, It bags are synonymous with some of the most prominent women. Two fashion writers tell their stories

The Fendi Baguette that Sex and the City protagonist Carrie Bradshaw carried throughout the show’s third series. Whether designed by Chanel, Hermes or Dior, the handbag is a fashion icon that has been linked to some of the world’s most prominent women. Photo: Getty Images
The Fendi Baguette that Sex and the City protagonist Carrie Bradshaw carried throughout the show’s third series. Whether designed by Chanel, Hermes or Dior, the handbag is a fashion icon that has been linked to some of the world’s most prominent women. Photo: Getty Images
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