Name That Bag! 👜 Can You Guess These Iconic Purses From Just a Photo?

The right handbag can instantly transform any look; they are much more than simple accessories. Some designer handbags have become true icons, recognizable even from a single image. Let’s put your knowledge of handbags to the test in this post by asking you to name some of the most recognizable purses in fashion history based solely on a single image.


I’ll take you through a pictorial history of handbags that outlasted passing fashion trends to become classics, from rigid shapes to sloppy hobos. Can you identify that famous bag? Play along to learn more!

The Rise of the It Bag

In the middle of the 20th century, as some handbag styles started to enjoy cult-like popularity, the idea of the “It Bag” first surfaced (1). Function has always been crucial, but in recent years, branding and aesthetics have begun to drive luxury sales.

Bags like the Chanel 2.55 and Louis Vuitton Speedy represented elegance and prominence in the swinging 1960s. Eras of logos and extravagant decorations began in the 1970s and 1990s. Owning the newest must-have bag developed a competitive air thanks to fashionable celebs.


It Bags became into exclusive status symbols in the 2000s and became extremely expensive. The enthusiasm was driven by waitlists and limited edition runs. Even while the frenzy has somewhat subsided, iconic silhouettes continue to rule, demonstrating that good design transcends fads.


Can you identify some of the most recognizable bags from history based solely on a single image?

Iconic Structured & Satchel Styles

The Chanel 2.55

This quilted shoulder bag with a chain strap made its debut in 1955, hence the name. The matelassé leather and recognizable metalwork are all Coco Chanel designs. The color of Chanel’s convent uniforms served as the inspiration for the burgundy interior.

The Louis Vuitton Speedy

The Louis Vuitton Speedy, designed in 1930 as a contemporary travel bag, has a roomy, structured shape and characteristic monogram canvas. The Speedy, which was inspired by the Model T Ford, is still LV’s most famous design.

The Lady Dior

This bag was originally known as the Chouchou and was renamed in 1995 to honor Princess Diana. Gianfranco Ferré created the rigid form, which is accented with Cannage quilting and charms.

The Fendi Baguette

This 1997 design, with the suitable term “tiny bag,” became popular after it was featured on Sex and the City. Rectangular shape, short strap, and Fendi trademarks are characteristics of the Fendi Baguette.

The Balenciaga City

Balenciaga’s City bag, which debuted in 2001, quickly became the It Bag. The slouchy silhouette is created by Nicholas Ghesquière and has hand-stitched handles, zip gussets, and aged brass hardware.

Stylish & Slouchy Hobo Shapes

The Gucci Jackie

This bag made its debut in the 1950s and bears Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ name; she is known for using it to hide her pregnancy. The Gucci Jackie, created by Aldo Gucci, has a feminine, slightly slouchy oblong form.

The Prada Galleria

This basic, slouchy bag best represents Prada’s pared-down style. The Galleria, which debuted in 2007, has a straightforward yet attractive form, saffiano leather, and an optional crossbody strap.

Top Handle Bags

The Hermès Birkin

After an accidental encounter between actress Jane Birkin and Hermès CEO Jean-Louis Dumas on a flight in 1984, the enduring Hermès Birkin was born. Dumas created the sophisticated, structured tote in response to Birkin’s complaint that she couldn’t locate the ideal leather weekend bag.

The Gucci Marmont

This chevron quilted leather bag was introduced for Gucci in 2016 and has a simple top handle design. The GG Marmont, created by Alessandro Michele, personifies the brand’s new romanticism.

Key Takeaways

  • Structured satchels and shoulder bags with timeless, iconic silhouettes include the 2.55, Speedy, and City.
  • Classic hobo designs like the Jackie and City continue to be popular.
  • Vintage femininity is evoked by rigid top handle bags like the Kelly and Marmont.
  • Bags can be recognized right away because to branding and design details like quilting.
  • Many bags, including the Baguette, attained It Bag reputation due to celebrity influence.

Looking back at legendary bags from recent fashion history, it is evident that some designs have endured for decades due to their flawless balancing of form, function, and beauty. Although fashion fads come and go, these iconic silhouettes continue to be sought after. How many could you count?

Let me know which legendary bag is your fave in the comments!


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