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Things no one will tell you about Delvaux's iconic Brillant handbag (1/3)

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What else happened in 1958 aside the birth of Michael Jackson and Madonna?

The world was coming together at the world universal exhibition ’58 in #Belgium!


A bit more than 10 years after World War II, this exhibition was the first opportunity for countries to come together peacefully to exhibit their country’s new advances in technology, architecture or culture to the other 40 participant nations.


Brussels’s landmark “the Atomium” was created here and so was the iconic Delvaux handbag “le #Brillant”.

This sculpture in leather was designed and created by Paule Goethals for Delvaux , who worked with la maison at the end of the 1950s and then stayed for the remainder of her working life. Paule Goethals was a well-known interior designer/ architect and student to the late Henry van de Velde, one of the founders of Belgian Art Nouveau.

The equally timeless and daring “#Brillant” handbag, inspired itself from the futuristic and audacious Philips pavilion – “the poème électronique”, created by the musician/ engineer Xenakis and le Corbusier – which was also a major highlight of the expo.

Can you notice the resemblance?


We are regretting very much that the avantgarde pavilion is no longer with us, but thankfully Delvaux's energetic and bold lined le #Brillant still <shines> on and keeps on reinventing itself.


Next time we’ll expand further on Delvaux’s “le #Brillant” and on what makes it special. In our www.mydaydaybelgium.com shop and in our pictures you can find some authentic vintage versions of the #Brillant, including some very early ones no longer in production, but still proudly reflecting the impressive craftmanship that Delvaux puts into creating this bag.

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