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Chanel marks 60 years of the 2.55 handbag

Chanel’s luxury quilted 2.55 handbag takes centre stage for its 60th anniversary at the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje in Amsterdam

Marina Nelson,

Chanel’s 2.55 bag is one of the most popular and sought-after bags in the world. To mark its 60th anniversary, the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje – Museum of Bags and Purses – in Amsterdam is hosting Happy Birthday Chanel, an exhibition dedicated to the bag, its history and its influence on fashion over the years.

Open until 3 May, the exhibition explores the inspiration behind Coco Chanel’s design and takes a closer look at seasonal colour blends and special-edition models created by Karl Lagerfeld.

The bag has a huge celebrity following and visitors can browse the museum’s archive of images showing A-list stars with their versions. Famous faces range from 1960s icons Jackie Kennedy and Brigitte Bardot to child stars-turned-fashion designers the Olsen twins.

Tassenmuseum Hendrikje, Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 524 6452



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