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invented his own technique that is Not Digital
offered us his unique expression of Texture, tone and Strength.
taken aspen by storm.
broken records at the Aspen Art Gallery
Today want to share with you a much closer look at his Artworks depicting a hand bag made famous by Grace Kelly in 1956 ……It has been timeless ever since.
THE HERMES ‘KELLY’ BAG
Hermès Kelly 32 Blue Jean Ostrich
Émile-Maurice Hermès was the creative mind behind the first Hermès accessories. After the advent of the automobile, Émile-Maurice diversified the Hermès offerings with an array of products that reflected the changing times. For example, Hermès became the first French firm to introduce the modern zipper mechanism in leather goods and clothing.
Among his many contributions was the ‘Sac à dépêches’, which was produced in 1935 for his wife to carry. The bag would go on to achieve worldwide recognition 20 years later, when in 1956 Princess Grace Kelly used her ‘Sac à dépêches’ to shield her baby bump from the paparazzi. In an early instance of what might today be described as ‘viral marketing’, Hermès received so many requests for ‘The Kelly Bag’, as it became immediately known, that it was renamed in honour of the princess.
Alfred Hitchcock has been credited with bringing the handbag into the limelight. In 1954, Hitchcock allowed the costume designer Edith Head to purchase Hermès accessories for the film To Catch a Thief, starring Grace Kelly. According to Head, Kelly "fell in love" with the bag. In 1956 she became princess of Monaco and was photographed using the handbag to shield her growing belly from the paparazzi during her first pregnancy. That photograph was featured in Life magazine. Princess Grace was a fashion icon, and the handbag immediately achieved great popularity.Although the handbag instantly became known as the Kelly bag, it was not officially renamed until 1977.
The handbag with which Princess Grace was photographed was loaned from the palace archives of Monaco and displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in April 2010, along with other notable wardrobe items owned by the princess. The "star exhibit" of the show contains scuffs and marks, as the wardrobe thrifty princess carried it for many years. Hermès now creates 32 styles of handbags, but the Kelly persists as the manufacturer's best-seller.
In 1923 Emile Hermès and Ettore Bulgatti created a very plain, simple bag for Emile’s wife Julie, which was designed to fit in a car door. The Bugatti bag was designed to allow riders to carry their saddle and was the inspiration for the Kelly, above.
Aside from its distinctive trapezoid shape, rigid bottom standing on four metallic studs, its flaps, its triangular gussets and its curved, sculpted handle, the other essential features that identify a Kelly bag are the straps that cross over the clasp, the padlock and the little bell that protects the key.
Each Kelly bag is made by a single craftsman at Hermès. Every year, the company buys hundreds of animal skins for its 12 production sites, all based in France. The most precious skins are handled in Pantin (in the outskirts of Paris) and in the specialist workshop on rue du Faubourg St Honoré (in central Paris).
There are more than twenty steps in the transformation of animal skin into bag, all standardised, and almost 200 different techniques, including plucking, gumming, smoothing, thinning down, treating and massaging. The skin has to become completely smooth.
Next stop is the cutting workshop. Here, each piece of skin is numbered before being pieced together with other parts to make up a bag. Three skins are required to make one Kelly bag.
Each bag is made by one craftsman only. The work required on precious skins such as crocodile, ostrich and lizard skin is all handled by experienced craftsmen.
All this work is performed with care, patience and love by a craftsman who takes around twenty hours to sew, stitch, glue and assemble the 36 pieces of leather that make up a Kelly bag, before adding his signature.