Isabella's Opera Coat Drawstring Handbag

This Handbag is inspired by Isabella Stewart Gardner's luxurious opera coat, made by the House of Worth. In keeping with a revival of interest in eighteenth-century styles, the opera coat imitates a garment inspired by men’s clothing that was worn by Marie Antoinette. The coat is made of purple silk velvet with elaborate embroidery of metallic threads and glass beads.

Expertly hand-embroidered by master zardozi artisans, this Gardner exclusive is a jeweled masterpiece of artistry and craftsmanship, a tribute to Isabella Stewart Gardner and a modern heirloom to be treasured forever.

The opulent and regal velvet Handbag features elaborate embroidery and is embellished with semi-precious stones. Elevate your ensemble to Gardner status with this Handbag!

Handmade in India
Purse measures 7"H x 4"D
Usable space measures 5" x 4"
Removable gold-toned chain shoulder strap 24" drop; chain can be doubled up to create a hand-held bag

Charles Frederick Worth (British, 1825 -1895) for House of Worth (Paris, 1858-1956)
Coat, late 1880s -1890s. Silk velvet with embroidery and beading, height: 139.7 cm (55 in.)  Peabody Essex Museum, gift of Isabella Stewart Gardner.

Image courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum.