Vintage EMILIO PUCCI Jana Purse 1960s deco velvet clutch.

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Vintage EMILIO PUCCI Jana Purse 1960s deco velvet clutch.

Size 20 x 14 cm

Vintage 1960s Emilio Pucci Jana rare geometric multicolored velvet clutch purse. Two compartments inside with clasped wallet. Condition: Fair- good. Fraying trim, loss of leather, small stains see photos.

Don Emilio Pucci, Marchese di Barsento (20 November 1914 – 29 November 1992) was an Italian aristocrat, fashion designer and politician. He and his eponymous company are synonymous with geometric prints in a kaleidoscope of colors.

The first clothes designed by Pucci were for the Reed College skiing team. His designs came to wider attention in 1947, when he was on leave in Zermatt, Switzerland. Skiwear that he had designed for a female friend was photographed by Toni Frissell, a photographer working for Harper's Bazaar. Frissell's editor asked Pucci to design skiwear for a story on European Winter Fashion, which ran in the winter 1948 issue of the Bazaar.

By the 1960s, Pucci was further thrust into greater status when Marilyn Monroe became a fan. She was photographed by George Barris in a number of Pucci's items in what would be some of her final photographs. After Monroe's death in 1962, she was interred wearing a Pucci dress.

As the decade progressed his designs were worn by everyone from actess Sophia Loren to author Jacqueline Susann to First Lady Jackie Kennedy, as well as later pop icons such as Madonna during an early 1990s period of 60s revival. Whenever the Sixties were revived in fashion, Pucci was likely to be referenced. In fashion history, especially during the period of the 1950s and 1960s, Pucci was a perfect transition example between luxurious couture and ready-to-wear in Europe and the North America.