Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Schneider Lecture

Thanks for a
wonderful evening
celebrating the
artistry of the bag!

Thursday, Sept. 26
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Durham Springs
5065 Lehnenberg Rd.
Kintnersville, PA 18930

In the realm of handbag design, innovation and originality reigns.

So it makes perfect sense that fashion labels such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, and Longchamp turn to fine artists creating cutting edge work to reinterpret their classic designs. Enter record-breaking Jeff Koons, provocative Tracey Emin, or even social media influencer "Gucci Ghost" to shake things up and push the boundaries of what a handbag can be.

Join us for an evening of celebrating the artistry of the bag. Partake in a pop-up shopping experience, a fashion installation highlighting rare, artist designed/influenced handbags, and even bid to take home your own masterpiece in a silent auction featuring select one-of-a-kind handbags from local artists.

Be sure to bring your best handbag - special prizes will be awarded for the most captivating purses!

Evening Schedule

  • 6:00 - 6:30 Networking, refreshments, pop-up shopping, and silent auction
  • 6:30 - 7:00 Fashion show consisting of 10 looks featuring artist designed handbags from Ilene Hochberg Wood's collection
  • 7:00 - 7:30 Ilene remarks on her collection which is now believed to be the largest private collection in the U.S.
  • 7:30 - 8:00 Talk on the history of collaborations between fine artists and fashion designers
  • 8:00 - 8:30 Q & A with Ilene
  • 8:30 Silent Auction winners announced

In support of the mission of The Perfect Fit for Working Women, we ask attendees to consider bringing their gently-used handbags or accessories to donate to their cause.

Special Thank You to our Collaborators & Partners

The Schneider Lecture & Fashion Show is funded in full or in part by the Ernest M. Schneider Lecture Fund.



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