Evening bag, ca. 1910. This purse features black, midnight blue, canary yellow, and cobalt beads that form a classic art noveau pattern. The beads are strung onto a strong black net, and the frame is a tortoiseshell patterned celluloid. It opens with a little buttons at the top that is pushed down. Dainty, decorated bags were popular during the first decade of the 20th century; because Edwardian dresses fit tightly over the hips, women had no room for pockets.
Illustration of winter day dress by Paquin, 1902. This design is an example of the dominating popular S-Bend silhouette present in fashion designs up until around 1908. In order to achieve this shape, the hips were forced backwards by the tightly laced corset worn at the waist - as a counter effect the woman's bosom was pushed forwards creating what some referred to as the pouter pigeon effect.